Traveler’s Rites of Passage Sikasso, Mali, West Africa Thursday, September 20, 2007
I am drinking an ice-cold glass of fresh ground ginger mixed in water, and then frozen to slush. I am lying on the bed in this Hotel, not in the guidebook, and feeling a sense of Victory.
I was being cynical about the Hostel Fondation Charles Dunfour in Ouaga, Burkina Faso, and as I continue to focus with the hindsight zoom at maximum magnification, I think, - I guess I enjoyed the place in a nostalgic sort of way. -
I thought about editing the post and adding the comment, you need to go stay there, say you love it, and understand, to live in this type of lodging is a, - A Travelers Rites of Passage. -
I am not looking forward to it, however I know one day I will have both my backpacks stolen, another of them, it goes with the terrain situations, I guess I trudge forward, knowing this will happen, but not today.
Today is Victory
Maybe I could call these A Travelers Rites of Passage.
Leaving when told there is no way to leave. - I got up this morning, on the road at sunrise, standing and waiting for my transportation to Mali. I asked two bus stations, about 10 people how to travel to Mali, they all told me the exact same advice, you must wait until 5:00 PM for the buses coming from Bobo. I defied all advice and what do you know I am in Sikasso, Mali about 12:00.
Riding in the back of Fruit Truck - I got a ride from Orodara to the Border of Mali with about 20 other people in the back of a big truck loaded with assorted items, hover mostly lemon.
Having two big Border Guard take you in the back room - I entered Mali and these two Border Guards take me to this back corner where I could not even see the Mali Visa stamp and proceeded to ask questions, nothing to do with crossing a border. Guidebook Recommend out of the question hotel.
Taxi drops you off outside of city
I pulled into the Hotel, drank the water
Maggots in squat toilet
Scream in a foreign language and learn later you were saying the wrong words. Voler, then thinking did I say thief of flying.