Flying back to Bonn this weekend and will be in Djibouti by Wednesday for a filming assignment.
My first trip to the African continent was in July 1998. A few months later I joined up with Richard (middle) and drove around southern Africa in an electric blue VW beach buggie. A thoughtful pose here in Swakopmund, Namibia with Barry, a Kiwi pig hunter and general good bloke.
In those days Hotmail was the essential digital address of backpackers and probably does the job for many on the road today too.
I was shooting with Kodachrome Super 8mm film on an ancient Canon and taking stills with the workhorse Olympus OM10 SLR. Still have both today.
As for anything remotely like blogging or Twitter, I never kept a diary but jotted down where we stayed in the back of my photo notebook.