Author: Matthew Weigelt

The Last of the Salt Caravans

For thousands of years, camels were the “vehicle” of choice for merchant traders traveling through northern Africa. Camels can handle the weather better than most of today’s cars and trucks. Traders would travel with caravans of more than 10,000 camels loaded with precious goods, like gold and ivory, and everyday products, like salt. Two ancient Read More

Matt Barnes and the Salt Block from The Sahara

One day, my family received a plain package from Matt Barnes. Inside of it, we found a block of salt and a note. Matt Barnes wrote that the block was from a salt train in the Sahara Desert in Africa. It was intended to go to Mali’s ancient city of Timbuktu. Obviously, it never made Read More

Postcards, Packages and Daydreams

My family’s friend—Matt Barnes—has sent us postcards and all sorts of knickknacks from the places he’s been around the world. And he’s been to a lot of places. I’m not sure what he does there exactly. I’m not even sure my parents know. Anyway, I keep his postcards—stacks of them—from all around the world. Read More