Speaking of whom, neither Mike nor I had never even heard of Ibn Battuta before, but he was an explorer and writer from the 14th century, the Muslim equivalent of his near-contemporary Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta explored further than anyone before him, and his book, the Journey or Rihla, is supposed to make for facinating reading. His full name was Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Al Lawati Al Tanji Ibn Battuta. Quite the mouthful. We're hoping to find an English version of his book.
Geez, can you tell the coffee has kicked in?
Happy Columbus Day to all my fellow explorers!