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Monday, November 9, 1998
Near Burkina Faso border, Mali to Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Mali's FlagBurkina Faso's Flag

Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso:
Latitude: 11° 10' 31" North
Longitude: 4° 17' 51" West
Altitude: 1556 feet
From Seattle: 7607 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Entente Hotel

Today's Travel:
Countries: Mali, Burkina Faso
Regions: Mopti, Burkina
Route: Mini-bus: Border - Bobo-Dioulasso (en-route from Mopti)
Path:Near Burkina Faso border, Mali - Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Linear:86 miles
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Sunrise Near Burkinabe border, Mali

Sunrise Near Burkinabe border, Mali

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 578
Linear Dist: 128333
Countries Visited: 40
Regions Visited: 166
More stats...
Hotels: 173
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 45
Hostels: 144
Transit: 54
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2012

Journal Entry:
Not much sleep, but at least a nice sunrise. Set off about 7 for the border, the border wasn't too much of a hassle. The second Burkina check point searched all the baggage, after offering to skip mine for "not too much money". Got into Bobo-Dioulasso around 11:30, a mere 5 and a half hours after we'd been promised we'd be there.

Both Andrea and I are having severe stomach problems at this point and that with the lack of sleep encourages a nap. In early afternoon I get slightly motivated and set out to call the US Embassy to find out about a Niger embassy, check the train schedule for Ouaga, and just look around Bobo. Mostly the walk was a waste of time. I called the embassy and they tell me that there is no Niger embassy (and the guy didn't speak very good English so I wasn't able to ask about other possibilities for getting the visa), Niger is starting to look more and more unlikely. The train only runs 3 times a week instead of twice a day like the guide books claim. Bobo is a pleasant city, but there really doesn't seem to be much here. Especially since the Grande Marché has burned down. Feeling like I'd spent a little too much time in Africa I went for pizza for diner - probably the most expensive meal I've had in West Africa, but well needed. Early to bed.

Related Sites:
US State Department ConsularInformation Sheets: Burkina Faso
CIA World Fact Book: Burkina Faso

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