Posted by mukikamu on November 9, 2006
There is an excellent Hungarian series of travel books from the 1960s-1970s I accidentally put my hands on and I discovered a lot of interesting volumes and authors that give different insight to certain places and certain eras. I am really hooked, so I started this blog to spread the word.
Many people debate whether the importance of traditional travel writing has diminished due to new medias that provide up-to-date visual information. People prefer watching a travel shows or running through guidebooks loaded with photos to reading travel diaries and detailed books from travelers of old times. I however am convinced that these travel writings add emotional value to far-away places and offer highly entertaining experience. These are not guidebooks, but collections of the memories of travelers from the XIX.-XX. Century. There are some amazingly crazy people among the authors and very interesting discoveries and experiences. I enjoy them immensely, but see for yourself!
Mukikamu is an African village in Congo that is described by a Checz traveler in the 1920s in one of the travel books I have read. The village has a slightly insane chief and very lively citizens and the enchanting story is a good example of how these long-forgotten travel writings still have a lot to say about travels to foreign lands. The blog aims to re-discover old-timer travelers’ books and provide snacks for literature loving vagabonds.