Hotel Djenne Djenno
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From Bamako we headed west. We left at 2pm (19th) but only drove 150km before we bush camped for the night.
Bamako sprawls quite a way out before running into farmland. Distinctly poorer as you head out of the city centre with ramshakel shops, dirt streets and rubbish everywhere. Lots of villages after leaving the city with the countryside being quite different to the north - cropping and quite ...
After a week in Bamako, during which Pete arrived, we headed north to the island town of Djenne. Djenne is home to the world's largest mud-built building. In fact the whole town is built of mud. Such a fact or description would normally not be considered an attractive one I will concede. However, this is a very special place.
We arrived at the river crossing at sunset and watched dusk settle (quickly) while slowly drifting on the ferry across ...
The next morning at 6 a.m., I was on my way to Djenne. The town of Djenne (derived from Janna in arabic which means paradise) was as significant as Timbuktu for trade during its time. It took me some effort to get there as there are no direct buses that go there. After 6 hours of travel, the bus from Bamako dropped me off at a carrefour close to the town. From there I had to hitch a ride to the town itself. I reached Djenne late afternoon, tired and broken. In ...
... catch a nap yet.
But in Mali things seemed to be different. Not only a handsome number of locals and tourists were already up on their feet and wheels, but also at least some local bigwigs. However, who exactly, we never found out.
As soon as they had passed, we were given all clear and resumed our trip.
And then it was on to Djenné along the almost empty road for at least hour and a half. The traffic we encountered consisted mostly of horse-carriages and only ...
... are building up to a bit of a frenzy at the moment and I think time away from the larger group will do us all good, especially me. It will take about 3 to 5 days but Luca said we won;t be missing much on the trip. There are 4 people who are going by plane but I couldn;t justify spending that much money. Anyway Lara you have my will and my permission to not meet any rransome ...