Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

musings on our life of travel and volunteering

Mystical Djenne

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From Mopti we journeyed to the World Heritage listed town of Djenne, situated on an island in the Bami river. To get there, we had to cross on a small ferry whose passengers included 4WDs like ours, donkey carts, horses, foot passengers and livestock, although we did see a donkey being transported individually in a boat no wider than a bathtub.

Djenne is most famous for its spectacular mud brick mosque, the largest such structure in the world. The whole town is made of mud brick dwellings, which have probably not changed in centuries, and is breathtakingly beautiful. Unlike Mopti, Djenne is relatively small and laid back. Djenne was also an historically important place of learning for Islamic scholars, and that tradition continues today.

At the end of a walking tour of Djenne, we encountered a lively football match played on a dusty patch in the town’s square. The less than ideal conditions did nothing to thwart the enthusiasm of the participants who were in their late teens and early twenties. It seems football (ie: soccer) is universally enjoyed in this part of the world. Back home in Ghana, everyone is justifiably proud of the Black Stars qualifying for the World Cup. Not sure how we will fare if they are unexpectedly beaten by Australia!


Written by Mar(k)

January 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Posted in Mali

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  1. This place looks absolutely amazing! Yes, I will be watching the world cup this year and I wonder how the ghana vs australia game will go??!!


    January 23, 2010 at 7:51 am

  2. Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

    We were in Sarawak and KL for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. We checked out the hot spring at Sg.Klah in Perak and of course the Genting Highland. We did make it to the gates of Fraser Hill but the queue was too long for us to wait around so we went home.



    January 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

  3. Great photos as always


    January 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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