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Archive | November, 2011

On Arrival and Volunteering in Tamale, Ghana

Shawna aka “Madam Paint-ah” on our Arrival We arrived in Tamale just after dark and immediately as we came into the city, it felt much bigger than what I remember when I was here 4 years ago. I noticed that there were more lights, more billboards and definitely more vehicles on the road. I felt [...]

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Trekking Through Dogon Country

When Shawna and I were planning what we could do with our shortened time in Mali, the number one thing we both wanted was to spend a few days trekking through Dogon Country and learning more about these amazing people. The story, as told to us by our guide, Hassimi, the jolliest man in Mali, [...]

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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling on the Niger River

After nearly a week of R&R in Bamako, staying at a very cool hostel, The Sleeping Camel, Shawna and I jumped on an “air-conditioned” (cough, cough) bus and took the 9 hour ride to Mopti, launchpad for Dogon country trekking and Niger River cruises. We did really want to get to Ghana as quickly as [...]

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Casa to Bamako – An EPIC Road Trip

This is a long post, because this was a LONG trip…grab a drink because WOW did we need one when we got through this adventure!! The Background: Since loosely developing our itinerary for this RTW trip we have always planned to visit Ghana. It is special to us because I lived and worked there for [...]

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Missing Out On Madagascar?

Alright, so we have a decision to make….and we sure could use your help. Whether or not you were able to be a part of our wedding, 16 short months ago, you probably remember what a production we made about determining what our honeymoon location would be. Heck we even went on CBC radio to [...]

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Balancing the Global Budget: Morocco

It was an amazing six and a half weeks, but sadly we had to move on, leaving Morocco and heading south. There is no doubt that we were overwhelmed by Morocco and its culture. The food, the mosques, the riads, the camels, and the Sahara…but the more important question is… Were we over budget? As [...]

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