Today we leave Bamako. It’s been an amazing two years. I won’t miss the heat, the mosquitoes, or the traffic, but I will miss the people. Allyson’s colleagues at the embassy have shown us every kindness, and the Malians we’ve come to know are, simply put, some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met. We will miss them all.
We’ll also miss our big house with the swimming pool.
We leave for the airport tonight at nine. The cats won’t be happy. But – inshallah – we will all arrive in Washington early tomorrow afternoon.
If you ever get the chance, visit Mali. It’s wonderful, vibrant, chaotic, and warm (in all meanings of the word). This has been an extraordinary experience. We will miss this place.
But I am looking forward to winter in America.