After 16 days travelling in Mali, this adventure had to end. It was an experience, I will never forget the lovely faces of the childrens, the African culture, the beautiful Dogon Valley, ... and of course ...our group!
AFRICA I WILL COME BACK ONE DAY!!!
Our last night in Mali we spended in a guesthouse of a Belgium Couple (more info on http://users.telenet.be/amierene/ ). This was really fun!!!
Some pics of our last moments together... On this picture: Aly, our crazy quide!
On our last evening we also had a traditional meal with the family of Moussa. A nice experience and tast good...
We left Segou and returned to Bamako, the capital of Mali. In Bamako we made our last walk with some amazing views!?! Enjoy all that dirty stuff! :-)
My last days in Mali...Before leaving to Bamako, the capital of mali, we just visited a small village with a lot of history. I really enjoyed this nice trip! Spended a lot of time with these childrens... the last picture: Isn't he sweet?
Another boattrip leaded us to a small nice village. I enjoyed our last trip in Segou...
In Segou we saw how the make "beer" and we have to taste it... not that good... but a very nice thing to see...
After one day in Djenne, we left with a overloaded small bus, a real experience, chickens on our feet, goats on the top, ...it was fun!!!
In Segou there was also a swimmingpool...some typical holiday pics :-)
We visited the village "Djenne" with her big market, too busy for me...
Very early in the morning we left with a typical boat "Pinasse" Mopti, to arrive at Djenne after 9 hours. It was a beautiful trip. Our crew :-) was keeping the water out our boat and prepared some very fresh fish!
We crossed the "Niger" to a small village. Wonderful people, special way of living, ...
After our "hike" in the Dogon Valley, we came back in a city: MOPTI.
Some of our first impressions of this city and their port.
On our last day of our Dogon-trip, I became ill. So I don't have pictures of this beautiful region. We made a very nice walk, but in the afternoon, I became ill.
Katleen, Evi, Ellen, Sarah, Thomas, Moussa and Ali: thank you guys for helping me!!!!
How sweet, this lovely boy was wearing a nice shirt of the "Teletubbies".
Do you know the program W@=d@. We had a Belgium magazine and the locals recognized themself on the beautiful pictures. Nice, isn't it?
On the top of the hill we saw the local "Dogon-dance" with their typical masks. It was really beautiful. I found this one of the most impressing things of my journey.
I started 2009 at a way I will never forget!
We walked to a place where we should see a local dance with the typical masks. Pics tomorrow...
Amazing area!!! Could you start the new year better?
On 31th december we were at one of the most beautiful places of the world I guess! We walked at the top of the "falaise", the view was wonderful (see later on my blog).
There wasn't a big party. The ladies prepared some vegetables. Afterwards we played some games with the people. No big party, no stress, just fun!!! I didn't miss the way of celebrating New Year's Eve at Belgium.
Our first night in the Dogon was really fun. We slept outdoor, at a roof, the many many stars were wonderful. A nice experience.
Some views on the "falaise" of the Dogon Valley. This was beautiful...no more words needed...
Our guide "Ali";
Some of our first views of the Dogon. Just enjoy...
On our way to the Dogon, we stopped in a small village. The children were very affectionated, it was something to get used to. For me, it was my first "shock". I knew that these people are very poor, but now it was a real confrontation... something that keeps in my mind forever.
after a god breakfast we prepared us for the "4 days hike" in the Dogon Valley. We bought some food and drinks and also the typical "Kola-nuts".
Before we arrived in the Dogon, we saw a nice work of agriculture...
Our third day we woke up early and prepared us for a long - hot- bustrip to Sevaré, in the neighbourhood from the "Dogon-Valley". After a 16 hours trip, we went to Bandiagara with a taxi, we eated some pasta and went to sleep...
After the wedding, we walked around in the city "Bamako". Very busy, very dirty, lots of people, merchandising, airpollution, ... the first Africa impressions...
On our second day in Mali we had the oppertunity to visit a real African mariage. On sunday a lot of couples get married, unbelievable! The man and woman have their own party. The woman sing and dance a lot, it was really nice to see... They looked all that great.
Afterwards we were invited to have dinner, a new experience... Be sure that you don't eat with your left hand :-)
Our two first nights we slept in Bamako, the capital of Mali. The accomodation was from a musician, who gives some lessons in playing African music or dans. It was a very nice place to stay: breathing the real African atmosphere!
Saturday 27-12-2008, my heart was beating, my dream can begin...
The group is complete: Evi, Ellen, Sarah, Thomas, Katleen (our guide) and I. On 13h our flight (Royal Air Maroc) left to Casablanca. There we had to wait 6 hours to our second plane to Bamako, the capital of MALI. After a long trip, we arrived in Africa at 5.am. We were tired and went to sleep... Dreaming of what's coming...
Here my first impressions from Mali, the first things I saw when I woke up...