Allyson and I are headed up the Niger tomorrow to visit Djenne and Mopti. The trip (by car, not boat) will take about eight hours each way. Allyson's going on business; I'm just tagging along for the ride.
I'm looking forward to the trip. The mosque in Djenne (pronounced "jen-nay") is the largest mud-built structure in the world (it will be especially interesting to see it in the rainy season). Mopti is a major center of trade. It should be fun.