Africa (west africa), Mauritania, Nouakchott, fishermen beach

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Sixty years old, youthful by most standards, Nouakchott mushroomed quickly from a small village to the country's capital and largest city. Near, but not on the coast, building continues apace, even where roads are non-existent. Certainly, they're a strange sight: massive, gated homes plonked down in the desert. The city is unassuming and seemingly unplanned, as if on an overnight caravan stop it was left to grow by accident. Most travelers use it as a staging post before the Adrar, Banc d'Arguin or the next international border.


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