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... destined to fall ill, it is interesting to understand the vehicle of which disease travels. I wish European Christian doctors would be this ingenious and would actually make some scientific progress. I hope this knowledge can travel to Spain and Europe before much damage is done. I find it critical that we understand how disease spreads and not just leave it all to prayers and some other arbitrary rituals.
In addition to the many books that Muslims have written, I ...
Festival in the Desert Location: Essakane, Mali
Date: Second weekend in January For three days a year, a desolate patch of Saharan sand, 65km north of Timbuktu, hosts “the world’s most remote music festival”. ...
... at the guest house with armed guards.
Sunday saw us drive with a police escort to Burkino Faso. We had an armed guy in our truck plus an armed jeep leading the way. Sped the process up getting to the border - we were just waved through each check point. Bit over the top really but they were taking no chances with us also going missing.
Burkino Faso - formally Haute and Upper Volta for those old guys out there . But ...
... set up my mossie net and mattress on the rooftop. Armed guards on the gate.
That night went to a bar so got some nightlife
Friday was a sightseeing day. A guided tour of the town, the mosques (Djingareyber, Sankore, and Sidi Yahia), a museum, the market, etc. Great town, even though its mainly shabby flat roofed buildings in sandy streets. Very friendly.
Then it all happened.
... I was trying to figure out how Mali became so grand, so I asked a knowledgeable merchant. He says that the key to Mali's success is participation in the Trans-Saharan trade network. I have also heard a lot about an old ruler, Mansa Kankan Musa, who made a trip to Mecca himself. Apparently, when her returned, he had many mosques and Quranic schools build in Mali ...