Beloved Bamako

Bamako is one of the oldest looking places I have been to. I was fortunate to live in this city for four months. I found the city to be lively and vibrant. People are kind and generous. Bamako has an amazing night life with great bars, art exhibitions and live music by some of the notable artists on Earth. More than anything, Bamako is just a chilled out place: no drama, no stress, no second-guessing anyone because people here are 100 percent legit.

Malian road trips...

Malian road trips…

This is a place called Djocoroni Para. It's where I left my heart. This is where I learned to speak French, the traditional dances that helped me lose massive amounts of weight, where I learned to cook West African dishes and where I pretty much had one of the best times of my life.

This is a place called Djocoroni Para. It’s where I left my heart. This is where I learned to speak French, the traditional dances that helped me lose massive amounts of weight, where I learned to cook West African dishes and where I pretty much had one of the best times of my life.

Signs are still hand painted in West Africa.

Signs are still hand painted in West Africa.

Down town Bamako is always packed to the rafters with people.

Down town Bamako is always packed to the rafters with people.

Meal time is never a crisis in Bamako. There are people selling freshly-prepared meals everywhere.

Meal time is never a crisis in Bamako. There are people selling freshly-prepared meals everywhere.

Down town Bamako (by Bamako Coura)

Down town Bamako (by Bamako Coura)

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The post office.

The post office.

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About leratomogoatlhe

I fell in love with traveling Africa on a four day trip to Accra in 2006. I started my journeys around the continent in 2008, when I went to Senegal, and around West Africa to launch my dream of knowing Africa through all my senses. I have been to 24 countries (and counting) over five years of stopping everything in my life to focus on one phenomenal continent. #AfricaRocks.
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