Do you realize that each person has a dream land to come?
Ever heard Timbuktu?
When I was a child, I found Timbuktu as a term to sign a place of unknown. On the Donald Duck Comics, almost in any editions, if any character have to be going out, or it has to move to, the place called Timbuktu always become a destination. Therefore, to me, once I keep, I can not remove the word from my mind. It sounds unique, reflects anything strange.
Now, after 07-07-2007, on the press release of Modern Seven Worders, I found Timbuktu again. It was established as one of the seven worders. I was curious, and then searched. Unesco discalimed in http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&id_site=119 that Timbuktu is a world heritage.
Let’s see what’s explained in Wikipedia:
Timbuktu (Archaic English: Timbuctoo; Koyra Chiini: Tumbutu; French: Tombouctou) is a city in Tombouctou Region, Mali. It is home to the prestigious Sankore University and other madrasas, and was an intellectual and spiritual capital and centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahya, recall Timbuktu’s golden age. Although continuously restored, these monuments are today under threat from desertification.
Timbuktu is populated by Songhay, Tuareg, Fulani, and Mandé people, and is about 15 km north of the River Niger. It is also at the intersection of an east–west and a north–south Trans-Saharan trade across the Sahara to Araouane. It was important historically (and still is today) as an entrepot for rock-salt from Taoudenni.
Its geographical setting made it a natural meeting point for nearby African populations and nomadic Berber and Arab peoples from the north. Its long history as a trading outpost that linked west Africa with Berber, Arab, and Jewish traders throughout north Africa, and thereby indirectly with traders from Europe, has given it a fabled status, and in the West it was for long a metaphor for exotic, distant lands: “from here to Timbuktu.”
Distant land: from here to Timbuktu. Unique expression.
Can I go to Timbuktu someday?