I wonder whether many Americans are acquainted with the accomplishments of French traveler Alexandre Poussin.
He’s an adventurer very much of the old school, best known for an epic walk across Africa with his wife, Sonia. The two trekked from the Cape of Good Hope at the souther tip of Africa all the way to Mount Kilimanjaro. Along the way, the pair documented the adventure in every way imaginable and ultimately produced both a film about the journey, a television series and a well-regarded book, Africa Trek: In the Footsteps of Mankind.
I’m probably wrong, but it feels like these kinds of adventures are a dying breed in the travel world, with modern day “travelers” seemingly more content to move to some place, say a Spanish village, for a year and write a book about it. I’ve always preferred to read or hear about the long journey of many months and miles, from point A to point B. Poussin’s tale certainly falls into that category.
Luckily, now you can hear more about Poussin’s African adventure and what inspires him to travel over at Wend magazine. Gadling’s own Anna Brones recently interviewed him for Wend‘s Digital Story Project.
You can listen to the podcast on the page.