Le Karite Bleu
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... br> Our first visit was to the village of the Cassena Tribe in Tiebele, Gourounsi area. As in Morocco, the predominant building structures are of mud brick with flat roofs, however in Tiebele the homes are decorated in patterns or shapes that are symbolic of their beliefs - e.g. A squiggly pattern might mean the base of an arrow for a warrior, or another pattern would be a sheaf of grain for a farmer. Doors were made to thwart enemies, so they are very tiny ...
... and came looking for us and a couple of our friends to have our promised tour of his village. We asked how much it would cost, and straight away he said no payment. So off we went with Abdul, a 19 year old, friendly Burkinabe local, who was teaching himself English, and thought that it would be good to take us into his little village.
As we entered Abdul's village, we were greeted with the typical West African handshake (a side five, followed by a hand shake and a ...
... and have a rest in the afternoon if needs be. And all that free of charge.
Now, that too was Africa. Not only those pestering „cadeau" requests and incessant tugging at your sleeves. Where in Europe would they let you have this? I’d bet my bottom dollar that the best you could get in Europe was exactly what I asked for. My luggage somewhere in the corner, safe until I returned to collect it.
Whenever I was going to return ...
... that his car was in a much better shape - cleaner, safer, with all windows rolling up and down, air-conditioned - than any of the taxis out in the streets. That was all true. But after all those buses and bush taxis and whatever else over the last few weeks in Mali, I couldn’t care less. And that’s exactly what I said:
„I don’t care. From here to the bus station, I can ride in any taxi.“
Seeing he could not mollify ...
... of place in some town in the UK- think the library in Chesterfield or the Broadmarsh in Notts for architectural style. Not many shops were open but the guys really hassled us- we were mobbed with guys following us for a few hundred metres after we'd left. I did make a purchase though- a mini balafone, which is a kind of xylophone with a few twists.
However it's not all bad- I have visited ...