Monday, January 07, 2008


After nearly two years in Mali, Allyson and I finally made it up to Timbuktu last weekend. It was a whirlwind visit. We flew up on Saturday to meet our friends Phil and Jill. (It’s a two-and-a-half hour flight, including a stop in Mopti.) Our flight was a few hours late (long story), so we barely had time to take a camel ride out into the Sahara before sunset. It was a lot of fun, but my camel was ornery and nearly threw me off once!

After that, we took a quick tour of the city. There wasn’t much happening in Timbuktu. The narrow, sandy streets were dark and very quiet. Our guide managed to find somebody to open the museum for us, and we were able to get our passports stamped at the tourist office (a nice souvenir). After the tour we met Phil and Jill for dinner at a wonderful open-air restaurant (La Maison). The four of us flew back early Sunday morning. Phil and Jill flew back to New York early this morning.

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