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Thursday, October 22, 1998
Bamako, Mali
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Bamako, Mali:
Latitude: 12° 36' 45" North
Longitude: 7° 57' 26" West
Altitude: 839 feet
From Seattle: 7316 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hôtel Le Naboun

Today's Travel:
Country: Mali
Region: Western Mali
Weather: Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 560
Linear Dist: 127252
Countries Visited: 39
Regions Visited: 160
More stats...
Hotels: 164
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 43
Hostels: 141
Transit: 50
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1998

Journal Entry:
I woke up feeling quite a bit better, the fever seems to be gone and in fact my temp is actually a couple degrees low. It my be the double dose of Advil I took last night so I'm going to take it real easy today. I'll stay at the hotel yet another night, and no long hikes. I lounged around in bed reading and playing games (Solitaire and Wordz) and reading until after three.

Went to the hotel restaurant and had a big breakfast / lunch / diner meal and hung out watching TV (in French). Shortly after six my temperature is right where it's supposed to be so I'm going to go catch a taxi to the internet cafe and spend an hour or so finishing off the email I didn't get to yesterday. No taxis were around so I decided to take a bâché (a van that follows a fixed route, basically a shared taxi and less than 5 percent the cost of a taxi). I thought I'd figured out the local transport system, and the first leg got me right where I planned. The second leg however got me totally lost and I had to ride the full circuit to get back where I knew I was. By this time I'd been on bâchés for an hour and a half, plus I wasn't feeling so good again, plus the internet place was only going to be open for another half hour so I jumped on a bâché back to Magnambougou (on the other side of the Niger River) where my hotel is. On the way into the hotel I was feeling a bit sorry for myself so I splurged on some chocolate (chocolate is very rare in West Africa) in the grocery next door (a great espresso chocolate bar made in the Côte d'Ivoire).

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Bamako
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Mali
CIA World Fact Book: Mali

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