Hibiscus flowers drying on a thatched roof, soon to become bissap, also known as dableni, a sweet juice infusion enjoyed cold.
“Al kachi,” dessert (or breakfast) from Timbuktu: a sweet dough flavored with tangy baking soda and sour, fresh tamarind syrup, then fried and coated with honey.
8am surprise “attack” on the village of Sido, replete with balloons, flags, whistles, confetti, candy, music, a fine entourage, and plenty of honking.
The closest thing we could find to breakfast on the road, discovered at a checkpoint-cum-rest stop of sorts between Bamako and Dialakoroba: hardboiled eggs, and skinny brown paper rolls of salt.
A mid-afternoon office snack of Le popcorn or, as it’s known in Bambara, kabani (lit. corn-little), dusted with an addictive combination of powdered milk and sugar. The dried milk, once saturated by your salivary glands, renders the popcorn creamy and sweet in your mouth. It works, it really works. Enjoyed with coffee and tea.
Today I spent a few hours at Logon villa pool, on the banks of the Niger. Lots of French soldiers, local kids, two turtles, a few friendly mosquitos, and this guy: