OPINION Alan Harris

NWR Issue 98

Rich Text

I've always been a hopeful traveller – aware that I don't know everything that’s going on but trusting that things will turn out OK in the end. In travel, like art, you have to be open to suggestion but bold when it comes to decision-making. At the end of the 1990s I found myself hitching around southern Spain; I’d gotten a lift with a Dutch woman driving a Fiat with bull’s horns attached to the bonnet but that adventure ended when she disappeared one night when I was sleeping in a park in Seville. As I continued my travels I met a lovely Canadian called Pierre and he suggested we get a ferry to Africa. I liked his hat and his naive charm (he was like an innocent Indiana Jones) so I said yes (I’m always eager to find out if movies are representative of places) so we made our way to Casablanca.

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