lounging with a Tuareg family from Timbuktu in Bobo-Dioulasso
I have not yet posted the sequel to the piece on toits rouges. I was traveling to Burkina Faso, attending the FESPACO film festival and spending a few days in Bobo. I will finish that post up in the next few days, but right now I want to write a short note about something that I think some travelers to West Africa are missing out on.
I spent a good part of last Thursday laying on a carpet, taking tea, falling in and out of sleep, talking and joking with a family and a couple of friends. I spent Sunday doing more of the same, only with a few card games thrown in and the carpets moved to an outdoor patio to profit from the cool evening air.
Travelers who are chasing sights and attractions have a tendency to miss this — the simple pleasure of sitting and being with people. Perhaps they don’t know that you can make discoveries about a place while lounging around a living room. Maybe it sounds too much like “doing nothing.”
If you are planning on visiting the region, go ahead and pencil in some time to post up in a living room, under a tree, on a street corner, wherever, with new friends and the only objective being to enjoy each other’s company. It will be worthwhile. Promise.