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... no there weren’t whips or chains) just stuff used in black magic, and for illness, while I was asking to take a photo, I heard an English voice say, "what do you want?"
I turned round and there was this grinning face looking at me, he said he could help
I said “ I just want to take a photo”
He gobbed off to the owner, I got my photo (well several of them
He introduced himself to me,
He was ...
... In the absence of mortgages, buildings follow a similar pattern here to elsewhere in the region. The first bit of money is saved and spent on the foundations. A couple of years down the line, the walls are built and the money runs out again. Serou has four walls but will have to wait for a year or two before he can add the door, windows or inner walls. As soon as he has saved the money to build the toilet block he will move his wife up there and ...
... right. It may be a reflection on the fact that West Africa does not for us, have the charm of the South and the East...the food is nowhere near as good, there is no real infrastructure in the towns, and things are unreasonably expensive
One thing however that is relatively ...
... Africa- I think that makes 3 or 4 markets I've been to the largest in West Africa!
Anyway I was looking forward to this one- only to find out the President of Mali was coming to town on Tuesday and the market had been cancelled! Bloody politicians! There was a little market on the Sunday- but not the spectacle I had been hoping to witness.
Djenne's other famous attraction is the mud mosque (the largest of its kind in the world)- however one side was covered ...
... to beat back the other one. All that initially over me, but at one point I was wondering if it was indeed over me any more. Either way, eventually, my side prevailed and my chasers and tormentors retreated. With some angry looks, to be sure, but I would suspect that anger was more a result of a knowledge that 3000 CFA francs had gone up in smoke. At least for them.
I thanked the guys who helped me and went out again.
Somehow I wasn’t busting for a pee any more. ...