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Oct 27, 2011 - 27 October - Bamako again

The 600km from Kayes to Bamako took nearly 12 hours. the first 150km or so at snail pace due to the shocking condition of the road. Broken down trucks everywhere and those that were running were so overloaded and with broken springs so they leaned dramatically over to one side and you wondered how they would remain upright. We saw trucks that had toppled over, with people frantically trying to retrieve the goods before they disappeared. We stopped at a market on the way - Kunta was looking for a sheep for the forthcoming Tabaski...

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Oct 22, 2011 - 22 October - Back in Bamako

It's Saturday and we are back in Bamako. We left Segou at 8am and were here by lunchtime, installed in a very swish hotel on the banks of the Niger River. Apparently it is owned by a famous Malian footballer. We spent the afternoon lying by the pool, then this evening we had dinner in the outdoor restaurant and listened to a duo playing West African music - very pleasant. Tomorrow we leave Bamako to travel to the west of Mali near the border with Senegal, which should be interesting. The town of Kayes was one of the first occupied by the...

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Oct 15, 2011 - 15 October - first day in Bamako

After around 32 hrs of travel (Sydney - Bangkok - Addis Ababa - Bamako) we finally arrived in Mali yesterday. Kunta was at the airport to meet us and took us to our hotel, the Sleeping Camel, run by an Australian called Matt. By coincidence, Matt used to work with our tour guide in Central Asia, Al - small world! Today was a fairly easy day. Kunta picked us up at the hotel and took us to the National Museum. Apart from the museum exhibits there was a tourism expo going on, with stands from different countries in West Africa so we were able...

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Oct 17, 2010 - Mali

Le Mali est vraiment très riche culturellement, beaucoup de traditions sont encore très présentes dans la vie courante, et l’organisation de la société ici est assez différente de la nôtre … Les paysages tels que ceux du pays Dogon sont splendides, et les villes typiques de Djenne et de Tombouctou valent vraiment le détour. Les Maliens sont généralement super gentils, ouverts, et curieux de faire de nouvelles rencontres. Mais il ne faut pas se voiler la face, la pauvreté est partout et il est difficile de ne pas sentir concerné… Enfin...

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Oct 14, 2010 - Bamako und Siby

Zurueck in Bamako - wo wir wieder auf "alte" Bekannte trafen, Malier, die wir bereits bei unserem ersten Aufenthalt in Bamako kennengelernt hatten. Ganz angenehm, bekannte Menschen wiederzutreffen .... Die ersten Naechte haben wir in der Katholischen Mission verbracht, die auch Zimmer mit Doppelbetten hat. Danach haben wir dann unsere Premiere bei couchsurfing gehabt - fuer alle, die es nicht kennen: man traegt sich auf einer Internetseite ein und teilt mit, ob man bei jemand schlafen will oder eine Couch/Bett zum Schlafen anbietet - das...

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Sep 19, 2010 - Bamako

Bamako entspricht nicht wirklich den Vorstellungen, die wir in Europa von einer Hauptstadt haben. Kaum Häuser, die höher als 2 Etagen sind, geteerte Straszen nur auf den Hauptachsen und keine Supermaerkte oder Einkaufszentren. Dafuer aber ueberall kleine Holzbuden oder Ladenlokale, die irgendwie alles und nix verkaufen - eher Flohmarkt als Koenigsallee, aber gerade das macht irgendwie der Charm dieser Stadt aus. Die meisten Einwohner Bamakos sind sehr elegant (afrikanisch) gekleidet. Verkehr=Megachaos. Wenn man denkt, gleich fahren 2 Autos...

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Sep 17, 2010 - Dakar - Bamako

Nous sommes enfin arivés au Mali, après le plus long voyage en bus de nos vies (le plus long en durée, pas en distance!)! On est partis de Dakar jeudi soir vers 22h, et arrivés à Bamako dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi vers 4h du matin! Il faut savoir que si on vous parle de bus climatisé avec tv en Afrique, ca veut dire avec fenêtres ouvertes (et seulement quelques-unes d'entre elles s'ouvrent!) et pour la télé il suffit de regarder dehors! Le bus n'avait pas vraiment bonne mine, il datait environ des années 70-80 en France, ça veut dire...

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Feb 17, 2008 - Bamako

Bamako is very dirty, smelly and hectic and I loved it, it's the kind of place I've been cravingfor a while, supermarkets (of a sort) decent restaurants and things to see and do. I also found a decent hostel with a pleasant 4 bed dorm complete with sittingarea although this was permanently occupied by Japanese who as far as I know never left the hostel in the whole time I was there. It still says something about West African food that I ate most of my meals in either a chinese restaurant or French patiserie. Bamako's main bus station was...

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Jan 25, 2008 - In Airline HELL

I am writing this on Jan 28th, Monday from an internet cafe I found in Djenne. So I will go back in time to Friday. Well, today was a day from hell. I wanted some adventure and I got lots of it! My Air France flight from London to Paris was delayed, so I missed my connecting flight on to Mali. There is only one flight to Bamako a day per airline! So I was put on Royal Air Maroc airline from Paris to Casablanca to Bamako (that makes it an extra 3 hours of flight time!). Well, I eventually made it here but my luggage did not!!! Oh, and I got...

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Nov 15, 2007 - Bamako, Mali

UPDATE TEN YEARS AFTER...28June2017: Mali 2017 Latest Update - Broken State?l Nov 15...to Mali, walked to taxi lot at 6:30am, since we had been ckg the nite before I think they knew we were coming...all the taxi guys pointed to a single taxi to Bamako, the price was just what was quoted the nite before, the driver loaded the bags(no addl charge), told us to get in and off we went to pick up 3 others who were waiting! We got to the border town Sigueri on smooth roads in record time, waited, had tea & coffee w milk(sweetened cond) some...

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Nov 5, 2006 - Bamako (MALI)

Felizmente vine en avion! Durante los siguientes dias me encontre con gente que me conto sus historias de horror durante su viaje por tierra de Dakar a Bamako. Desde 50 horas hasta 72 horas, incluyendo dormidas en la tierra, paradas de horas sin explicaciones, incomodidades eternas, y paso de tortuga. Una tortura de la cual me salvé. 72 horas para avanzar 1000 kilometros! Bamako es un pueblo sin nada de especial, sucio (para variar), sin ningun orden, y muy oscuro. Me quede en un hospedaje de monjas catolicas que era limpio, por fin! El...

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Nov 26, 2005 - From Niger River to Bamako

Start: Niger River End: Bamako Weather: Hot I was happy when I awoke because it was dawn, which meant that the inconvenience of leaving the boat in the middle of the night had been. Instead Mopti came into view as the sun rose and, hopefully, I would be able to catch an early morning bus to Bamako. I kept glancing at my clock because I knew that there was a 7am bus. 7am came and went, but I held onto the hope that it would be running late, which was a good possibility here in Africa. The boat docked and as I stepped onto firm ground I heard...

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