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Ouagadougou, January 18, 2009 - Sunday

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I was packed and ready to go right after breakfast. I told the guys at the reception desk that I’d like to check out after Annette’s arrival and nobody made any problems about that. When she arrived, she found me up on the rooftop terrace where I ... Read more >


Ouagadougou, January 17, 2009 - Saturday

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I wouldn’t have been disappointed if I’d slept in, but that’s how it is. When you go to bed early, you wake up early as well. But here in Africa, being up on your feet early had its upsides, as well. The most obvious one was a wonderful, almost cool ... Read more >


Ouagadougou, January 16, 2009 - Friday

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The ride back to Ouaga was as uneventful as they come. Arno and I spent it chatting a bit, nodding off a bit every now and then, and then chatting again. He was a bit stiff, but basically quite a nice guy. His journey had just started. And I was ending ... Read more >


Dori, January 16, 2009 - Friday

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I decided to leave Dori on the first bus to Ouaga. It’s not that I was seeking to get clear out of town as soon as possible. Not really. It was simply my travelling bug. I just knew I had that one last stretch left to complete and I wanted to get it ... Read more >


Dori, January 15, 2009 - Thursday

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On these low latitudes, where the sun sets early and fast, by the time we retuned to Dori, there was not much daylight left. Also, in countries like Burkina Faso, where saying that streetlights are in short supply is almost an understatement, once the ... Read more >


Gorom-Gorom, January 15, 2009 - Thursday

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Squeeze is the best term for what it was like in the cabin of our pick-up truck. Of course, the mood was great, so we mostly made fun of our condition, alternately leaning forward in order to give the other three a bit of space to lean back for a while.... Read more >


Dori, January 15, 2009 - Thursday

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I woke up considerably earlier than strictly necessary to make it on time to S.T.M.B. gare routière . The sun still had a ways to go before seriously appearing up in the sky and so far only the lowest strips of the horizon had gradually started brightening ... Read more >


Dori, January 14, 2009 - Wednesday

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Last shreds of light were hanging off the sky when we arrived in Dori. Thereby I started the final leg of my West African tour, before the return to Ouaga and ultimately flight back home. I got out of the bus, collected my luggage and looked around ... Read more >


Yalgo, January 14, 2009 - Wednesday

BURKINA FASO | Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | Views [302]

Next one in a series of small settlements on our way was Yalgo. A town, or a village – I never knew where they drew the line to tell one from the other – it was a place where we got off the paved road and followed a dirt one instead, all along some ... Read more >


Taparko, January 14, 2009 - Wednesday

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Farther up the road, not too far from Tougouri, we arrived in a settlement called Taparko. I don’t know how long the buses to Dori had been stopping by here. But since 2007 a gold mine had been operating near the village and wherever there is gold, ... Read more >


Tougouri, January 14, 2009 - Wednesday

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Along the road on our way up north to Dori there were several roadside stops in some to me completely unknown small settlements where in those few minutes locals swooped down on our bus from all sides in an attempt to sell some food or beverages to ... Read more >


Ouagadougou, January 14, 2009 - Wednesday

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Annette showed up in front of the hotel in the morning. She rode in on her family motor-bike to see me off. I was just hauling my staff out when the guy who was a kind of hotel driver offered through Annette to take me to the S.T.M.B. station in his ... Read more >


Ouagadougou, January 13, 2009 - Tuesday

BURKINA FASO | Sunday, 22 Apr 2012 | Views [286]

Paul and Lois turned out to be nice, friendly and communicative, just as most Americans are, wherever you find them. You can always tell the Americans from the rest of the white bunch just by their chatty ways, even if you are deaf to their accent. ... Read more >


Yako, January 13, 2009 - Tuesday

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Roads in Burkina Faso are somewhat better than those in Mali. And buses are often a considerable improvement over Malian ones. Also, in addition to all that, in Burkina Faso you can occasionally experience an incredible treat of leaving on schedule.... Read more >


Ouahigouya, January 13, 2009 - Tuesday

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I was out in front of the hotel considerably earlier than eight in the morning. That’s how it is in Africa. Unless you’re a local or dying to go partying every night, an average African settlement doesn’t necessarily beckon with night life. On the face ... Read more >


Ouahigouya, January 12, 2009 - Monday

BURKINA FASO | Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | Views [299]

And then it was finally Ouahigouya. Whoever has never tried to undertake the trip from Mopti would undoubtedly find it hard to believe that it easily took me eight hours to cover the distance of… what? Some two hundred and twenty kilometres as the crow ... Read more >


Thiou, January 12, 2009 - Monday

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When we left the last inhabited spot in Mali, I expected to see some kind of mark or something, which would officially announce that we had entered Burkina Faso. However, there was nothing of the sort along the way. The first thing I noticed was a roadside ... Read more >


Kiri, January 12, 2009 - Monday

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Forty five minutes later we arrived at the border post on the Malian side. Nominally, it carried the name of the nearest settlement, the village of Kiri. But truth to say, we hadn’t seen a single hut, let alone a house along the way to possibly let ... Read more >


Koro, January 12, 2009 - Monday

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My taxi ride from Mopti to Koro basically came down to being my only first-hand experience of the Dogon country. Of course, I was hardly ever going to set my own foot on the Dogon soil, but from my privileged seat in the car I had a good view of the ... Read more >


Mopti, January 12, 2009 - Monday

MALI | Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | Views [316]

With his track record over the last few days since I’d first met him, I couldn’t be entirely at peace as to whether Guele would stick with what he’d promised me the night before and arrive on time to show me where I’d be able to take a shared taxi to ... Read more >


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