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Sandstorm

I’ve only ever been caught in one of these while driving, I instinctively just left the road, drove about 200 metres away from it and waited for it to pass. The reason for leaving the road is I have no faith in the truck drivers. The number of horrendous accidents we saw on our 75’000 KM journey was phenomenal, the trucks are poorly maintained, some of them have no brakes, no lights at night and most of them have bent chassis’.

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Djenne Mud Mosque

When we visited Djenne back in may 2008 it was so hot that we only stayed a few hours, I truly regret this.

Having regrets is easy, what’s important is that you don’t dwell on them, wondering what you could have done better. When I start regretting something I tell myself I will have another opportunity to fix the situation. So when it comes to Djenne, there is a simple fix, go back. No idea when or if i’ll be able to realise it. The important thing is to look at everything with a positive attitude and learn from your regrets so you don’t repeat the same mistakes.

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Colors of Africa

All across Africa, the woman are dressed in colorful clothes. The best place to see them in their outfits or buy some of the fabric is in the local markets.

This particular market was in Djenne, Mali.

I may have mentioned it before but when we visited Mali it was too hot for us to handle any lengthy stay so we ended up speeding through heading for the coast in Ghana. Looking back we wish we had spent more time there. I guess with the current issues in Mali it’s going to be a while before we can visit again.

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Sandstorm

While travelling through Mali, we were suddenly driving straight towards this sandy coloured cloud. Just before it hit us we pulled over and took some photos, as it came closer we quickly jumped back into the car. As it engulfed us we realised that we couldn’t see 2 metres in any direction, we quickly pulled off the road and headed about 20 metres to stay well clear of any crazy African truck drivers. We got out of the car to experience the storm and after the masses amount of sand and dust came rain. It seems that rain storms kick up a huge amount of dust and create this sandstorm like effect in front of them as they move across the flat Sahel. It was over in about 10 minutes, it was definitely a nice relief from the heat and humidity that was always with us in Mali.

 

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Djenne – Mali

We visited Mali as it was entering the hot and humid season. There’s quite a few things we ended up missing because of the heat. Mali is probably best known for the famous mud mosque in Djenne. We only visited Djenne for one morning which I regret now as it would have been great to take photos in the early hours of the morning as the sun was rising.

 

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