Trip Start Sep 28, 2005
103Trip End Jun 24, 2006
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We're now in Djenne, which is one of the most picturesque towns in the Sahel portion of West Africa. It's renowned for its mosque, which is the largest mud-brick building in the world. Unfortunately we aren't allowed to go inside, but the structure is quite impressive. Also in Djenne is the famous Monday market, which is a complete cacophony of chaos, smells, and sounds as locals come to sell and trade their wares.
We camped on the roof of a hotel which has architecture in the traditional style, almost castle-like with pointed arches and cut-out half-walls on the roof.
Everywhere we go, even off the beaten tourist path, we are constantly approached by children wanting to hold hands. The more savvy ones say "photo, photo" and then demand "cadeau" (gift). It's simultaneously annoying and sad at the same time.
Tomorrow we're off on the Niger River for a 3-day boat trip up to Timbuktu.