Today I was caught in some Kafkaesque bureaucracy, which means I had to walk from office to office to get my ID (I finally EXIST!) and other stuff set up. The fun part is that you get told to go to a certain office to get something done and there they tell you that you first have to go to another office and so on – you get the idea 😉
This way I walked around 5 km in 39 °C. Let me tell you, I’m very thirsty now!
This morning I took the shuttle bus to work together with a new friend from Spain. This was actually the first time I set foot outside hotel or office and got to see a little part of everyday life in Bamako. The shuttle picked us up quite early in the morning. People were just beginning to set up their stalls and it was rather quiet. When we returned tonight, the street was bustling and the smell of fish from the river Niger, which didn’t really look all that fresh this morning to begin with, told us that we had arrived in the right spot.
I took many pictures during the shuttle ride, so some of the images are rather blurry or include the refection of the minibus window, but I think they give you a good idea of what life in Bamako looks like from this perspective. I haven’t been able to snap a picture of the donkey carts yet, but I’ll keep trying!
Those two men were cooking on a fire in the gutter and it didn’t only turn my head as you can see from the looks of the locals on the motor bikes that were waiting alongside us at the crossing. You don’t need a drivers license to ride a motor bike here in Mali, so most of these people drive without any rules… I’m glad I don’t have to drive here.
Many women here dress beautifully and according to their tribal customs. As you can tell from the pictures they are rather good at upcycling, less so when it comes to recycling or rather waste management in general.