|DISPATCHES FROM NORTH AFRICA - INTRODUCTION|
For two weeks we'll be exploring the northwest coast of Africa,
delving into the far corners of a pair of the smallest countries in
the populous continent, stopping off on Spanish islands a few hundred
miles from the mainland and ending in one of the most romantic desert
hideaways in literary history. Along the way we'll meet fishermen and
farmers, shopkeepers and historians and take an up-close look at a
pair of environmental issues damning all of Africa (overfishing and
desertification). The most intriguing discovery we'll make? Pyramids
in the Canary Islands "discovered" by Thor Heyerdahl? Muslim men in
Morocco campaigning for Hillary Clinton? Or salt farmers working a
pink lake outside Dakar? Follow along for an unusual glimpse inside
the lesser-seen corner of the planet's most mysterious continent.
A Moorish clock tower anchors the wall surrounding Casablanca's oldest medina.
photo: Fiona Stewart