Category Archives: Travel

Grand Voyage – Djenné

We arrived in Djenné around 8. Djenné is, in a way an island, and we had to cross a ferry to get there. As with Pays Dogon, our cars were mobbed by street vendors trying to sell various necklaces, bracelets, … Continue reading

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Grand Voyage – Segou (Festival sur le Niger)

We next visited one of the festival’s main sites and saw that the “Festival sur le Niger” is, in fact, on the Niger. By which I mean that the stage is in the water and has to be accessed by … Continue reading

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Grand Voyage – Segou (Weaving)

  We met early on Thursday to leave for the Grand Voyage. Of course, we had a last round of classes first. All of us were together all morning for our last rounds of Bamana and French. We were all … Continue reading

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Sur la plage

We finished our sejour with a trip to an island in the middle of the Niger. It was just what the doctor ordered – cool, serene, and beautiful. Apparently Salif Keita composed one of his albums on the island. It … Continue reading

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Kirina

We visited Kirina on Sunday to see a music school there. I assumed this would mean we’d be bused to the village, see the school, and then make our exit, but we ended up being greeted by most of the … Continue reading

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Djoliba

We left Friday afternoon for Djoliba. The ride was not very long, although we had to wait at a few places in Bamako before we left. We took the bus, which is my favorite method of transportation. All of us … Continue reading

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A Busy Week

Perhaps because of the break last week, or perhaps just because, our week has been CRAZY busy. We’ve had some sort of special meeting or trip everyday. As always, these encounters are both enlightening and exciting, but it was a … Continue reading

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Cold Snap

You’ve all probably seen the news and are experiencing wacky weather of your own. Thus, I’m sure you know that people are dying of the cold in Russia and you probably even know that Algeria got snow the other day. … Continue reading

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Midterm Evaluations

I would be lying if I didn’t say that the last week was hard. It really tried me and I was MORE than ready to talk to my mom when we finally got the chance. I was feeling really homesick, … Continue reading

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