Discovering the capitals of West Africa

West Africa is not the first region people think of travelling to, especially from the west. The capital cities are often where the most money may be – in any country, not just in Africa – and they often can shine a little light into the past as well. Some cities show evidence of an …

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Little Places – Ouahigouyah

Border town. (well, actually still a wee bit from the border) Dry. Dusty. Hot. The last town in Burkina Faso before I moved on to Mali over ten years ago now. I don’t remember much, perhaps because there wasn’t much to remember, but I do remember that the streets were wide, and I didn’t see …

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Burkina Faso – Through My Lens

The country that is the subject of this week's 'Through My Lens' is the dusty, land locked country in West Africa Burkina Faso. I visited twice, now ten years ago. The cities/towns seemed to have fields or basically wilderness in the middle. It's a wild sort of place, and ever so hot - most days …

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Travel and Hospitals – Burkina Faso, Part Two

After my experiences in Banfora, I hoped I wouldn’t end up in another hospital in Burkina Faso. BAH! I ended up in another TWO! Suffice to say it’s not the ideal country to end up in hospital in, should you have a choice. In Bobo-Diolosso I was taken the main hospital there. Far far bigger …

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Hospitals, Travel and Me – Burkina Faso (Part One)

Here’s my final two parts of my hospital experiences. Burkina Faso, and this is where it all happened, I got my first ever serious tropical disease, malaria. I was in Banfora, a large town (but definitely a town) six or so hours south west of the capital Ouagadougou. I remember the lead up – I’d …

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Marching into Mali

Today Mali isn’t really the first place you’d go in West Africa. It’s had militant problems and Islamists controlled part of the country for quite a while before French intervention, but I have been on the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forum and I see the odd tourist is still going to Mali. It’s quite sad …

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Travel Video – Burkina Faso

Monday's travel video this week is, in keeping with my Saturday post, from Burkina Faso 2007. I return to the scene of the 2006 with a mate and a happier attitude. The video is twelve minutes long and it features Ouagadougou (the capital) and Ouhigouya, on the way to the border with Mali. There's a …

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The West African Return!

For the last series of Saturdays I have pulled out some old blogs and reflected on my first journey to West Africa. You might think that after contracting malaria in Burkina Faso and the difficult time I had during the trip in general, I’d be sworn off the place. You’d be wrong! After my 1999 …

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Travel Video – West Africa (2006)

Howdy folks as another week kicks off. With my series of Saturday posts on West Africa, I thought now would be a good time to show you my short (5 and a half minutes) video I compiled of my time in West Africa. It's a combination of photos and short films I shot with the …

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West African Memories – The Finale!

Okay, time to wrap this series up. My final two posts came after two weeks since the one before. I was home and had started work at this point, I also managed a post where I uploaded a few photos. Anyways…   Wednesday, July 05, 2006 Part Four Oh so it's been a while since …

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