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Thursday, October 29, 1998
Bamako to Ségou, Mali
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Ségou, Mali:
Latitude: 13° 27' 40" North
Longitude: 6° 15' 59" West
Altitude: 721 feet
From Seattle: 7357 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Peace Corps House

Today's Travel:
Country: Mali
Regions: Koulikoro, Ségou
Route: Somatra Bus: Bamako - Ségou
Path:Bamako - Ségou, Mali
Linear:131 miles
Weather: Sunny / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 567
Linear Dist: 127383
Countries Visited: 39
Regions Visited: 162
More stats...
Hotels: 170
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 43
Hostels: 142
Transit: 50
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2004

Journal Entry:
Took a taxi to the bus station since I had no idea where it was. It was a good thing because the driver showed us where the ticket window was and then argued with the guy in front of us who tried to buy tickets for the guys behind us when they realized there were only two left. So we got the last two tickets for the bus. It would only have been one hour to the next bus (in theory), but this way we were off within minutes. The bus ride was only three hours, but seemed much longer (maybe because the windows didn't open and the A/C didn't work). Found the Peace Corps house without two much trouble and hung out talking to Delfine, who I had met my first night in Bamako, for a while. Set out to find the river boat office and without too many problems (especially considering the lack of a common language - not even French is spoken much out here) bought our tickets for tomorrow's boat. We set out to explore Ségou but had just got to town when we ran into a big group of PCVs (they're all passing through on their way to a Halloween party). We decided to join them for dinner and hung out talking, had a beer, and after much waiting a great steak sandwich. After diner we walked around until it was too dark and then sat down at a street stall for coffee (Nescafe with sweetened condensed milk). The rest of the night was spent hanging out at the PC house, having a beer at a nearby bar with everyone, hanging out at the house some more and devouring a huge amount of oatmeal chocolate cookies that one of the volunteers made.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Mali
CIA World Fact Book: Mali

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