Tinariwen, Mali Tuareg Blues Legends

Tinariwen, Mali’s Tuareg Blues Legends

 

The African blues legends of Tinariwen have an incredible back-story that speaks to the importance of patience and persistence on the path to success, particularly in times of crisis. Formed in 1979 by musicians born in the Sahara Desert of northern Mali, the ensemble came together in Algerian refugee camps, where they lived to escape persecution after the Tuareg rebellion of 1962-64.

 

Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who witnessed the execution of his father (a Tuareg rebel) at age four and later made his first guitar from a tin can, a stick, and bicycle brake wire, founded the band. Radical protest songs from Morocco, Algerian rai, and classic rock artists such as Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix influenced their music, but they started out playing weddings and baptisms. Locals called them Kel Tinariwen, which loosely translates from the Tamasheq language as “the People of the Desert.”

 

In 1980, Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi enlisted Tuareg men to receive military training, and Ag Alhabib and Co. heeded the call. In 1985 they did the same for Tuareg rebels, and ultimately met up with other musicians who would join the band. Tinariwen began writing songs about the sociopolitical issues facing their people, recording them onto cassettes for free for anyone who wanted one. Their “Desert Blues” sound began to spread by word-of-mouth, giving voice to the problems of the Tuareg people.

 

Then, after returning to Mali for the first time in 26 years, the second Tuareg rebellion of 1990 sent Ag Alhabib and his friends back to fighting for their lives and freedom.

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Bret Love & Mary Gabbett, co-founders of Green Global Travel

Bret Love & Mary Gabbett, the co-founders of Green Global Travel

“Improve Your Writing” & “Blogging For Business”

GGT Expands Mentorship Packages

 

We want to help you succeed. 

 

Whether you’re trying to Improve Your Writing or learn techniques in Blogging For Business, the first step in every mentorship we do is to ask simple questions about where you are in mastering your craft, where you want to go, and what obstacles you’ve encountered along the way.

 

When you answer, we listen. And from there, it’s a simple 1-on-1 process of helping you find your way over, around, or through the roadblocks on your unique path to success as a writer and/or blogger. 

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Galapagos Birds, Baby Magnificent Frigate

The Beauty of Galapagos Birds

 

We had no idea what to expect when Ecoventura invited us to join their small ship eco-cruise to the Galapagos Islands back in 2011.

 

The archipelago has been famous for its remarkable array of endemic species ever since Charles Darwin made his famous Voyage of the Beagle back in the 1830s. But the Galapagos was a dream destination we didn’t expect to be able to visit so early in Green Global Travel’s evolution. Our once-in-a-lifetime trip came together so suddenly, we had no time to do our usual advance research.

 

From the moment we set foot on Genovesa Island, we were blown away by the sheer diversity of species that could be found in almost shockingly close proximity. Although we walked a total of maybe 100 yards over the course of several hours, we saw a vast array of Galapagos Birds, from nesting Swallow-tailed Gulls and Tiger Herons fishing in the shallows to Magnificent Frigates soaring overhead and two different types of Boobies (Red-Footed and Nazca).

 

Birds were everywhere we looked– on the beach, on the rocks that lined the shore, in the bushes, in the skies above– with tiny squawking babies so close to the path we could’ve touched them. It was like no place we’d ever been before, and like no place we’ve been since. What follows is sampling of some of the incredible Galapagos Birds we saw during our week-long journey. –photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

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Hiking Acadia National Park, Maine

MAINE: Hiking Acadia National Park

(The following is a guest post by Rachel Campbell of Treepot Travels, a blog focused on adventure travel and nature/wildlife photography. You can follow her adventures on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a blogger looking to guest post on GGT, email Bret Love at info@GreenGlobalTravel.com.)

 

With 59 different US National Parks to choose from, the idea of selecting just one for a family vacation or weekend hiking trip can be daunting at best. In order to help make for an easier decision, many travelers will start with a list what they’re looking for in a park, what knowledge they hope to gain, and what memories they hope to take back home.

 

If you’re looking for majestic mountains, scenic cliffs, towering pine trees, a vast blue ocean, rocky beaches, tranquil lakes, and a large network of winding trails that not only offer up an exciting day out, but picturesque vistas, then hiking Acadia National Park should top your list. Here you’ll find a vast wilderness waiting to be explored, peacefully tucked away on rugged  islands off the coast of Maine.

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Green Travel Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Travel 

 

If you took a poll asking people whether they’d prefer to be responsible or irresponsible travelers, most would choose the former over the latter. But what does Green Travel even mean? How do you do it? Do you have to sleep in a tent and cook on a solar-powered camp stove to be considered eco-friendly? 

 

The truth is that sustainable travel is all about making simple choices to lessen your negative impact on a given destination. Individually, each one of these choices makes only a small difference. But collectively, becoming more conscious about these little things can have a huge impact.

 

What we’ve assembled below are 40 Green Travel Tips that EVERY traveler can use to be more eco-friendly. Most of them are ridiculously simple, such as using a refillable water bottle, putting a Do Not Disturb sign on your hotel room door, and buying locally made products rather than imports. But if every one of our 30,000+ unique monthly visitors began incorporating these tips into their travel routine, our collective impact could be amazing!

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• AFRICA
Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
South Africa- Londolozi Game Reserve Safari
South Africa- Kruger National Park
South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
Tanzania- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

 
• ANTARCTICA
How To Get To Antarctica Without Doing the Drake
The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
Taking the Polar Plunge
Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
• ASIA
India- Ranthambhore National Park
Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
• AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA
Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities

 

• NORTH AMERICA
CANADA
Churchill- Into the Wild of Manitoba
Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

UNITED STATES
America’s Best Volcanoes
AK- Denali National Park
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
GA- Barnsley Gardens
GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
HI- Hawaii’s Big Island
HI- Hawaiian Mythology
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
• CARIBBEAN