Saturday, December 26, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
Père Noel came for his yearly visit this evening. He has been coming every year faithfully since 2010 when we had lots of children staying. Alas no more children but now we the adults don't want to miss out on the fun so it has become a tradition. In the top row right is the intrepid Rianna from Australia who came up on the Bani bus this afternoon in the face of her governments stern travel warnings. She was picked up by Baba (-respendent in the dickie bow above) at the Carrefour.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Back in the Saddle
Back in Djenné for almost a week now where everything is same as always: Djenné feels tucked away, far from the troubled danger zones of Mali, although the think tank reports by MINUSMA and other expert observers will have it that we are in fact right in the middle of it all...nevertheless life in Djenné continues as it always has.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Lucia in Bamako
But there is no doubt that tomorrow we are leaving one world and arriving at another: a totally different environment where the most sophisticated item one is likely to find in a shop is a tin of sardines and where any social activities we are likely to partake in are the ones we create ourselves at the hotel: there will be drinks on the sunset terrace and there will be dinners under the stars in the light of the storm lanterns again; and that is pretty good too!
The greatest thing about the homecoming is that both Keita and I are in good health alhamdilullah and I feel ready to dive into my Djenné life once more.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
The sign to Hotel Djenné Djenno still stands by the Carrefour: the turning to Djenné from the main road to Mopti. It is a little weather beaten and faded but it is still there, and it is all still true: there is a hotel, there are chambres climatisées and there is a bar and restaurant, against all odds... There is a plethora of other signs there advertising other hotels or guest houses and various aid schemes etc, but most have fallen and most have are long since lost their meaning.