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Sunday, November 8, 1998
Sevoré (Mopti) to Near Burkina Faso border, Mali
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Near Burkina Faso border, Mali:
Latitude: 12° 10' 56" North
Longitude: 4° 47' 56" West
Altitude: 847 feet
From Seattle: 7517 miles
Lodging: Transit - Mini-bus: Mopti - Bobo

Today's Travel:
Country: Mali
Region: Mopti
Route: Mini-bus: Mopti - Near Burkinabe border (en-route to Bobo-Dioulasso)
Path:Sevoré (Mopti) - Near Burkina Faso border, Mali
Linear:190 miles
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Sailing pirogue on the Niger River Mopti, Mali

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 577
Linear Dist: 128247
Countries Visited: 39
Regions Visited: 165
More stats...
Hotels: 172
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 45
Hostels: 144
Transit: 54
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2012

Journal Entry:
Spent most of the day in the Dogon Patisserie in Mopti. Had our bags and neither of us was too keen on exploring Mopti further, so we relaxed, drank coffee / soda, had a bite to eat, read, and worked on my journal. At one point I left Andrea with the bags and went for a last wander through the markets. In one of the stalls I found an old Tuareg bag (camel leather) that I liked. It seems that on days when neither the boat or plane land the sellers are much more interested in bargaining. I quickly got the price down from 50,000 CFA to 7,500 CFA (about US$15).

The bus was supposed to depart at four, so at 3:30 we were waiting. At a little before five they were loading the "bus" (it's a passenger van) and at six we were off - for about 20 minutes when we stopped for another hour and a half in Sevoré (where we had started early this morning). Finally cleared the police checkpoint at about nine. We drove until a little before 1 am when we stopped to wait for the border to open (despite the fact that we were told the bus wouldn't have to stop and would drive straight through the night). It was an uncomfortable night trying to sleep in the van, but still a lot better than in a Peugeot 504. Unfortunately I've had just a little too much African life tonight. Lot's of what I'd consider child abuse (the infant in the seat behind us has fallen off his mother or the seat at least four times - and that's the best mother in the group), some of the women are attempting to pee into cups and not aiming well, others (men and women) are just stepping immediately outside the car door and emptying their bladders / bowels, people make no effort to be quiet so others can sleep, and a sprinkling of drunk men just to make things interesting.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Mali
CIA World Fact Book: Mali

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