The weather in Bamako right now is actually quite pleasant. It’s the “cool season,” which means daytime highs are “only” in the 80s. But that’s still considerably more comfortable than it was before Thanksgiving, when highs were still approaching 100. … On Saturday, Allyson and I are driving to Ouagadougou, the capital of neighboring Burkina Faso. She has a two-week temporary assignment there. (The drive takes about 12 hours each way.) It’s our first big overland trip in West Africa, and we’re really looking forward to it. I just hope our vehicle holds up!