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Algerian Adventure with Nik Douglas.

Nik and I drove by car in North Africa in 1965. First through Morocco meandering leisurely over much of the country.

Nik Douglas

nik douglas

Blithe we were, first cruising from Tangier to the caves of Hercules and south down the Atlantic coast for a few days in Marrakech. We then drifted Northeast across the country up to the Spanish Morocco enclaves of Melilla and Nador on the Mediterranean coast and over the border into Algeria. A large ball of marjoum purchased in Tangier had lifted us some few hundred feet above sea level and put us on course for conversations on the purpose and function of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Egyptian gods, and a discussion on the tomb of Tutankhamen where a great-uncle of Nik had worked with Howard Carter.

Nik expounded on the genetic engineering of man by the Annunaki, (and this is decades before Zecharia Sitchen wrote of the decoded tablets of Ur, the 12th Planet space invaders and gold digger slavery.) We raved awhile on P D Ouspensky, objective art, esoteric magicians, (dropping Alistair Crowley firmly into the category of theatrical bum)) and like this we floated across half of Algeria for a couple of days until arriving in Algiers City late at night. Here we encountered a serious change of vibes, which brought us into a crash landing from our previous high altitude. We drove into the city shortly after a coup d’état had come to a close at sundown.

We had no idea that the coup had taken place while we were swanning along the desert roads. Algiers had machine-gunned and grenade blast pocked buildings, deserted streets, most of them blocked to traffic and a general feeling of frightened confusion amongst the few citizens abroad. The Algerian President, Achmed Ben Bella, national hero, freedom fighter in the war of independence against the French, was already in jail and despite his popularity amongst the majority of the general population, this Coup D’etat was the act of the Algerian military which put in place army general Houari Boumedienne as President and Dictator. Nobody was about to risk his neck to try and get Ben Bella out.

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The Bamian Buddhas, Ali’s Dragon & Kohr-I-Baba Pass

On an Autumn morning of 1968 in Afghanistan two friends and I set out from Kabul in a Land Rover to spend a few days visiting the statues of Buddha at the valley of Bamian in the Hindu Kush Mountains.

Bamian Buddha destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

Destroyed Bamian Buddha

Old Bamian Buddha Statue before destruction.

Old Bamian Buddha

The road out of Kabul is the same road leading over the Salang Pass and on to the town of Tashkarghan where it forks left to Mazar i Sharif and Uzbekistan, right to the towns of Faizabad, Kunduz, and up into Tajikistan and China. Traveling north from Kabul and some kilometres before the Salang Pass there is a dirt track leading off west from the village of Pul-i-Matak, it leads to Bamian Valley, up to the Band-i-Mir lakes and Maimana in the region of the Hazarat. This dirt track is strictly for animal caravans and four-wheel drive vehicles; it is the only route stretching across the centre of Afghanistan and only open from April to October. The drive from Pul-i-Matak to Bamian is some 150 kilometres through gorges and valleys and takes several hours to negotiate. Continue reading ‘The Bamian Buddhas, Ali’s Dragon & Kohr-I-Baba Pass’

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