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Stories and Tips Mali

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Henna for feet

Written by sociolingo on 11 Sep, 2004

In Bamako I had seen people have their feet henna'd for celebrations such as weddings, Tabaski and big fetes, but I had never had it done myself. I was staying in the rural village of Zebala and one day I talked to my American host,…Read More


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Messing About on the River

Written by HELEN001 on 27 Mar, 2006

As far as I was concerned, a nice relaxing 3 days lounging in a pinasse on the Niger River was going to be a bit of chill-out time—catch up with ‘the diary’, write a few postcards, read, and watch the world go by. Conserve my…Read More


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Meandering through the Mysterious (on a public holiday)

Written by HELEN001 on 28 Mar, 2006

"Right, how about we go for a wander, have a cup of tea somewhere and then do the shopping OK?" We’d already been out in the morning and sampled the delights of the Post Office, the Internet and the Manuscript Museum but that hadn’t exactly…Read More


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Glorious Mudcloth

Written by HELEN001 on 27 Mar, 2006

Mudcloth, or bogolan, refers to a type of rough-woven cotton fabric that has been died using a mixture of mud, tree-bark, and other natural ingredients. The rich earth-coloured cloth is then made into blankets, or items of clothing. Mopti and Segou are centres of bogolan…Read More


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Rock Paintings of Songho (aka Songa)

Written by HELEN001 on 27 Mar, 2006

This stunningly located plateau village is situated at the end of a 4km track that turns off to the right of the main road heading from Bandiagara towards Mopti. The two imposing rock formations that flank the village can be seen from some distance so…Read More


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Look for the Signs!

Written by HELEN001 on 04 Apr, 2006

Don’t you think some of the signs you see when you’re travelling are great? There are those hand-painted individually crafted signs which advertise services and merchandise for sale or hire, and then there are the more stylised roadside public information signs. I quite often find…Read More


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Not Your Everyday Journey (Dragoman Overland)

Written by HELEN001 on 04 Apr, 2006

You know you sometimes get consumer lifestyle questionnaires through the post and there’s a section asking your travel preferences? Well, if I could be bothered to complete one then my ideal choice of holiday would be independent with a few good friends for about a…Read More


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Day 11 - Nearly Broke and Barely Making It Out of Timbuktu

Written by fallschirmhosen on 29 Jan, 2006

I felt relieved waking up on the last day I'd be in Timbuktu. I was glad knowing Aly had found a ride out of town, albeit an expensive one. Today also happened to be Thanksgiving Day. Yet, unknown to me as I left the hotel…Read More


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Day 10 - Back to Timbuktu and Becoming a Hustler

Written by fallschirmhosen on 29 Jan, 2006

After another good night sleeping out in the open in the Sahara, I was a bit sad knowing I'd have to return to Timbuktu and face the noise, dirtiness, and confusion of being in that city.We spent the night at our Toureg guide's wife's brother's…Read More


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Day 09 - Finally a Day of Peace and Quiet

Written by fallschirmhosen on 29 Jan, 2006

I was not quite sure what to expect on my trip to the Sahara. I had originally hoped to ride camels TO Timbuktu, so I was not planning to take a ride into the desert on a camel. After the 3-hour ride the previous day,…Read More


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