Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Is that safe?

Whenever we tell anyone about our plans you can almost guarantee one of the first questions that will be asked is 'Is that safe?'

The fact of the matter is that we live in South London, 'Is that safe?!' We will indeed be travelling though many places on the trip, some of those will no doubt be more dangerous than Tooting, (although probably not as bad as Hackney). Most 3rd world cities are hotspots for petit crime, but we'll be spending minimal time in the cities, and a vast majority of places we visit will be safer and far more welcoming and friendly than any of the London suburbs.

Most of Africa is very rural and there aren't many foreigners about. People in these places don't hang about waiting for the odd foreigner to come through so they can take advantage. Are these kinds of places any more dangerous than a rural English village? Probably not. From all accounts people are just friendly and inquisitive. Our two biggest risks by a long way are mosquitoes and road accidents. Both of these risks can be minimised with the right precautions, which we will be taking.

Roll on December!

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