A Salute to Ibn Batuta, the ultimate travbuddy

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woah look out ladies, its ibn battuta

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.

msgic carpet, moving so fast i can barely photograph it...
He then went back across afrika again to visit Mecca, where he hitchhiked across the arabian pennisula, scurried through persia, pakistan, and afgahnistan, then heading down to Dehli where he settled in for a nice desk job with the Mughal empire; yea those are the guys who built the Taj Majal, sweet.  However still suffering from the travel bug, he went down across india, through bangladesh, and did a nice treck down to indonesia.  After that he hung out with his mongol friends, and visited China.  He then headed back across asia to the remains of the byzantine empire, carrying with him 'da plague.  So yea this is one hell of a traveler, and to top it off when he returned to Morocco he wrote a book about it called the Riyla, and no he didn't do what we all do and write exaggerated tales of all the women he banged, excessive  beer he drunk, and how he found the hostel with free hot water. 

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...

rajeevpareek says:
I heard of him earlier but not this much information
Posted on: May 17, 2010
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