Thanks for all your well wishings

Since many of you have responded we’re now obligated to post. And since I should be packing, I’ll post. My excuse is that I was looking for information on creepy crawlies (bed bugs) and ran across some quotes.

~ And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. –Erica Jong
~ The only risk is a risk not taken……–Unknown

The question I was trying to answer is are Silk bed liners more effective against bed bugs than cotton or fleece ones. I came to the conclusion that it didn’t matter and that silk was pushed because it sounded more luxurious.

Tuareg Art and Music at UCLA’s Fowler Museum

This weekend is the opening of an exhibit on Tuareg art and music. We became aware of this show from a women Louisa has corresponded with because of her work in Niger.

More information: Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World (don’t know if this link will work after the event is over). And here is information on the opening day events, Sunday, October 29.

This should get us on a cultural start for our trip, even if we aren’t getting to the Tuareg regions for weeks.

Did I say we have six days left. And we just looked at our reservations closely and we have a full day layover in Casablanca. We hope we can get a tourist visa and visit Casablanca.

Early Thanksgiving

We hosted the long standing Friday Happy Hour. Since we’re missing all the year end holidays, (We won’t totally miss all of them, we just won’t be with friends. And Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Sub-Saharan Africa.)  Louisa cooked a turkey with stuffing and other side dishes. Friends brought more food including delicious cranberry/orange zest relish and pumpkin crumble to fill out the Thanksgiving them. All the food was great. Thank you to all.

Itinerary as of 22 Sept 2006

Conakry, Guinea-Kendia-Mamou-Dalaba-Labé-Télimélé (and return)-Mali(ville)-Koundara-Salémata, Senegal-Bandafassi-Kédougou-Saraya-Koundamé, Mali—Kéniéba—Bafoulabé—Kita—Bamako. Itinerary uncertain in Mali because we don’t know when the Diafarabé cattle crossing will occur and the schedule won’t be set until sometime in November as near as we can find out. In addition to the cattle crossing: Ségou, Mopti, Timbuctu (Tombouctou), and the Dogon on the Bandiagara escarpment. Also the crossing place into Mali will be determined by the water level on the Falémé River.