My (travel) plans

21 07 2008

Two weeks today* I’ll reach the respectable age of 40. This won’t be my first birthday abroad, I’ve celebrated the anniversary in America, Australia (my 30th was in Melbourne), Hong Kong, Outer Mongolia and China, but this year I’m aiming for a birthday in the legendary city of Timbuktoo. Next weekend I’ll travel north with a friend from Bolgatanga into Burkina Faso where I’ll spend a few days in the superbly named Ougadougo (pronounced waga-do-goo) the capital enjoying the French influence in the form of street-side cafes, restaurant culture, nice wine and cheese etc (yes, food again).  After luxuriating for a few days we’ll head further north, into Mali and probably base ourselves in the town of Mopte (mop-tee). Mopte appears to be a good place to catch a slow (3 day) boat up the Niger river to the mythically remote town of Timbuktoo – aiming to be there on my actual birthday. while in Mali hopefully we’ll visit the town of Djendeto see the mosque, the largest mud structure in the world as well as exploring the traditional villages in Dogon country. I’ve only got a fortnight off work so it may be a bit of a whistle stop tour but I’m really looking forward to it. As a note to those interested I’ll probably be completely out of contact for most of those 2 weeks.

In other news (as they say back home) I’ve chatted with a VSO program officer about staying on. They’re open to the idea and will look to see if there’s  suitable placement. If not I’ll carry on with ISODEC for a bit and explore other options.


*i.e. on Monday August 4th, in case you were interested




One response

1 08 2008

Happy Birthday Tim!

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