Louisa and I sat down last week and narrowed the number countries we might visit. Top choice for Louisa is Mali based on her love of their art and music. We decided since there was too much to visit, we may as well eliminate the recently troubled countries. We then used our reading of Lonely Planet and Rough Guide to gauge the time needed for each country. Niger is high on our list. To visit Naimey, Agadez, Aït somehting, and the Ténéré desert is about five weeks. Mail up to eight weeks. Guinea for us could be three weeks. Ghana is somewhere we’d like to visit and Burkina Faso is in the neighborhood and we might have to fly in to Senegal. Next week we need to refine the choices.