You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

If Kahlil Gibran was still alive he might have been tempted to alter his quote when he opened his paper to find Laura Morrison’s big grin beaming back at him.

Because Laura Morrison woke up in the South Island of New Zealand one morning, climbed into her 1958 Morris Minor and proceeded to drive Charlie to Cape Town. Via Aberdeen in Scotland.

We can trace her reasons back, through the dreams of her father to the pride of her grandfather in Scotland. This story has everything we would want from a modern adventure through inhospitable territory and ancient cultures.

If you love great escapades, are partial to beautiful tributes across generations and if, you have known the grief of goodbye…

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Our greeting in this podcast is:

As-salāmu ʿalaykum

Pronounce it: [ʔæs. sæˈlæːmu ʕæˈlæjkʊm]
It literally means ‘Peace be upon you’ in Sudanese Arabic.
The correct response is a repetition of the greeting;

Wa ʿalaykumu s-salām

Pronounced:  [wæ ʕæˈlæjkʊmu s.sæˈlæm]

Arabic is a Semitic language, in the same family as Hebrew and Aramaic. Around 260 million people use it as their first language. Many more people can also understand it, but not as a first language. It is written with the Arabic alphabet, which is written from right to left, like Hebrew and isn’t an alphabet:

The Arabic abjad is a system in which each letter stands for a consonant and not a vowel, which requires the user of the language to provide the vowels using vowel marks. It is 1500 years old and is the 5th most spoken language in the world.

Juba Arabic, a pidgin of Arabic spoken in South Sudan, which is much more heavily influenced by other local languages.