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If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?

People associate different regions/continent based on media, informational material, myths, stereotypes and such. The main idea of this discussion is to find out what people who never had "first hand experience" think about the continent. Thanks for your contribution.

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    Mar 28 2013: Hey Thomas,

    Does it mean you visited Africa and want to go back?

    Love, Mary
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      Mar 29 2013: we moved up the page! :)

      I have been to parts and not nearly seen enough!!

      My friends are my biggest motivation (much love to Ed, Elisha, Ronald, Jemma, Marty, Lorelle and Jennal). They are dotted across the continent and I want to see the places that made them so great.
      However, since I was small I have had an underlying interest in Africa. I myself would like to know what it is and why I have it because I can't quite put my finger on it... hence the reason I started reading this thread/conversation. Alas! The interest is there, the love is strong and whatever it may be, I will hopefully find it when I return.

      Mary, perhaps you can share what you feel or think about when you hear "Africa"?

      love T
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        Apr 2 2013: Hey Thomas,

        Yes we moved up....lol...made you top again:) I made the mistake of NOT replying to you and started a new thread all together...I beg your pardon...and for late response too.....

        Big up to your friends.
        Thomas dear, I was born and raised in Central Kenya. I moved to US 4 years ago. And can I say Africa is great based on my experiences of both developed and developing countries? Definitely, YES. Africa has it own untainted glory that one can experience first hand.....irrespective of not so good infrastructure and 24/7 revolving economy, Africa has the love, care, happiness and contentment that most people are looking in the wrong places. When you visit Africa for the first time, you beliefs are challenged and you have two option; to see life as it is or not to.
        It is hard to understand how people could live with no in door water, bathroom and such luxuries and still be happy.....It is hard to explain....one has just to experience... Life is more than the tangible material accumulation. In fact intangible things such as love, communal caring and going with life flow are just stronger foundation.

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