No Turning Back Now

by phil on January 22, 2015

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Some of you will understand this photo. If you don’t, you will in a few days. Words and photos to come.

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Pictures from my life in Mali

by phil on December 10, 2014

What am I doing in Mali? I am managing a hotel, the same hotel that I stayed at randomly in 2010 when I first came here. It’s the hotel where I met Bintou and many good friends. It’s also affiliated with camels.

I am also traveling sporadically to Abidjan, where the restaurant project marches on. We’ve recently shifted gears to refocus on deliveries and catering, and we are finally starting to see the results that we’ve been looking for. I think 2015 will be the year that we can start calling this thing a success.

Here are a few pics from my most recent sejour in Mali.

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A little sunset on the Niger

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A bozo village near Mopti, where the Bani river meets the Niger, on an island that was once the site of a colonial era coca cola factory.

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Dogon Country is a special place.

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Mo the cat, looking all man of the house at a friend’s place in Sangha.

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Mo posing with a Dogon elder and a plant.

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In the rainy season, these plains are verdant, but the view is just as impressive at this time of year.

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Where the Bani meets the Niger

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A few minutes earlier

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A teeny tiny mosque in a Bozo village near Mopti

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Our ever reliable boat captain Adama. A Bozo fisherman, he hit the jackpot with this t-shirt, a lucky find in the Bamako used clothing markets.

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Daughter of the lady that runs my favorite fruit stand. Her name is Hawa. So much sass.

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Sirani, one of the bigger personalities at the Sleeping Camel.

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This field guide was given to me by a guest. I will surely need it one day.

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One of the happiest days of my life, getting this tortoise.

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Made a pit stop in San on the way to Sangha and devoured this plate.

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Beers with friends

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Ahmed’s guitar

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Just chilling

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One more time on the bus: new roads and ebola controls

by phil November 26, 2014 W. Africa

Can I write another post about the Bamako to Abidjan bus? Let’s find out. I was not looking forward to this trip. I was not worried about Ebola (neither Mali or Cote d’Ivoire have recorded a case, and the localities in Guinea closest to the Ivorian and Mali borders have not reported cases in over […]

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May we wake up one by one

by phil July 22, 2014 W. Africa

All of these things happened last week: a passenger plane was blown out of the sky, villages were attacked and overrun, police choked a man to death, warning charges exploded on houses before real bombs fell on them, tanks fired on neighborhoods (later, a hospital), and a woman was stoned to death for adultery. We […]

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July Travel Plans

by phil July 2, 2014 USA

Match day at the resto in Abidjan. It was a sad scene not long after this photo was taken. All my teams have now been knocked out of this World Cup, so I am going all in on Colombia. Vamonos!! It’s been over a year since I was last overstaying my welcome on friends’ couches […]

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Some thoughts on the World Cup from Abidjan

by phil June 12, 2014 Cote D'Ivoire

Previously: In 2010, I left hobart street in Washington DC for Accra, Ghana. I arrived one day before the Black Stars were to face off with Uruguay in the quarter finals of the World Cup. You can read about that here. Four years later, I am in Abidjan, and I’m throwing all my weight behind […]

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