I have been putting off taking notes and writing this entry for far too long and have decided that the only way to do it is just to start. (obvious I know.)
When we were in
The next morning we headed off towards the town of
We spent the next three days walking in the morning, having lunch in a small town and continuing on to sleep in the next. We would spend the night in mud houses or just sleep up on the roof.
When we were hiking from Gimini to Dourou we had to decent from the top of the cliffs to the bottom where the next town was. Being with full packs and not wanting to sustain any injuries we were taking out time this also let us soak up the amazing views. Suddenly one by one then a dozen kids started bounding down the bounders asking us for candy and saying hello to us in French. The speed and agility they were moving was astounding. We just had to move aside and watch them, and then it occurred to us that they were heading to school. This ‘hike’ we were doing was their daily walk to school in the neighboring town. We just continued walking down and used the little Dogon we picked up on the way.
Uwanna – Good afternoon
Omarsayou – Hows your family
And the applicable: Dege dede – Carefully!
After Dogon we headed north to Mopti a city on the convergence of the Bani and
Driving though the night was somewhat surreal. Glimpses of desert and the slowing of the bus to let a camel cross really emphasized how far we were from
In Gao we were able to stay with some Peace Corps volunteers and it was interesting to see how different Peace Corps can be from country to country. For example a majority of
After two days we continued the next morning to
Little stories that don’t belong anywhere
On the way to Natitingou from Kouandé as we were passing the town of
On the road from Natitingou to Ouagadougou when we stopped to see the roadside elephant the driver of the car put two big pieces of elephant shit in the trunk of the car. When asked why he said he wanted to show the kids how big the elephant’s ass was.
4 countries (
A dozen camels
30 giraffes (They have really long necks)
A few intestinal parasite hitchhikers
8 hippos (best guess)
1 roadside elephant
Some of the most amazing sights in
The world largest mud building
A special 30th birthday (
Travel in the form of walking, horse cart, bush taxi, private car, bus (both old and new), truck, van, 18 wheeler, bicycle, and pirogue.
Tara: "Mali Babi" and finally to explain the title of this entry:
and finally to explain the title of this entry:
Lizzy: "Write it with an i"
Lizzy: "I don't know, I just pictured it that way"