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Tengrela sunrise

This time last year I was getting ready for a trip to Mali and Burkina Faso – two countries in West Africa that are off the radar of most tourists.   But now is your […]

How Traveling in Central Asia Prepared Me for West Africa


If you’ve been following along for a while, you may recall I was a bit nervous for my trip to Mali and Burkina Faso in West Africa in November. Not only had I never previously […]

The Abandoned Troglodyte Village of Niansogoni

Niansogoni cliffs

I will freely admit that I really had no idea where I was going as I sat in the front seat of the car driving along a bumpy, pothole filled “road” leading miles away from […]

Hippo Spotting at Sunrise on Lake Tengrela

hungry hippos

It was still dark out when Ibrahim met me at my hotel in Banfora. An early start was crucial in order to be at nearby Lake Tengrela both for the sunrise and to catch a […]

Crossing the Border from Mali to Burkina Faso

Burkina stamp

Border crossings always make me a little nervous. I was pulled aside and questioned going from Moldova to Ukraine, fought past dozens of pushy Uzbek women going from Tajikistan to Uzbekistan and was worried I […]

Trying to Put My Time in West Africa Into Words

Niger sunset

Every piece of clothing in my backpack seems to be covered in a layer of red, sandy dust – just like my shoes and sandals and backpack and camera and pretty much everything else I […]