A Salute to Ibn Batuta, the ultimate travbuddy
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Ever read about a guy that no one in the USA has ever heard of, but is pretty awesome? Well this guy is Ibn Batuta, who has to be in the running for the title of "ultimate traveler", not just did he visit all of the islamic world, asia, and africa, but he did it by freakin' camal caraven and by foot. Also he had a hand on spreading the black plague to the byzantine empire... yea Marco Polo, eat that (or spaghetti).
According to himself he was born in tangier (no doubt before it became a haven of child molesters and creepy sex tourists), and visited islamic spain, went accross north afrika, and to Mecca for the Hajj. He then went down to Somalia (where is the travbuddy who wants to visit there on a camel, or maybe they can hitchhike), down to zanzibar, and then back to north afrika, where he traveled down to freakin' Timbuktu.
So to you Ibn Batuta, I salute you.
Apparently Dubai also salutes him, because they made a kick ass shopping mall in his honour, with courtyards dedicated to each nation he visited; and well pretty awesomein its own right (it has like 10 starbucks!)... I do not know if he visited the starbucks in the forbidden city in china...