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Île de Gorée (Sénégal) photo album

There is nothing I would recommend of Dakar. My Mexican friend Rocîo, whom I met there, and me had the same feeling: the word Dakar has something that makes it sound like the name of an amazing city. I didn’t really know what would be so interesting, but I was eager to see. I failed to find any wonderful thing and I’d actually advise to use it just as a landing port in West Africa. It doesn’t have the appeal of other African cities and has all what’s awful in them, but made worse because of its location in a narrow peninsula: the people, the dirt, the traffic, the dense pollution, everything is caged in a few square kilometres.

But for one thing: Île de Gorée, Gorée island. For political and business reasons, the Senegalese exaggerate its role in the steal of millions of Africans by the slave ships. It wasn’t so important. But it’s beautiful anyway, with its feeling of colonial decadence. And a great relief after a few days in Dakar.

Its main official sight is the Maison des Esclaves, the houses of slaves, which was renovated by someone without the slightest idea of art and time. Not worth it. In the other hand, what’s not meant to be a tourist attraction is lovely, as residences in ruins where you can explore and hear the whisper of the centuries past.

Arriving to the island you may feel you are in the Caribbean: the colonial French buildings, the locals idle by the quay, the sleepy gendarme. Life seems just normal, not made-up for tourists, except for the artisans and their works. In the early 20th century, the French fortified the island and now the bunkers and cannons have been transformed in humble ateliers and galleries.

This I recommend: land in Dakar, go straight to Gorée, enjoy it and head off elsewhere.

December 16th, 2010

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Bozo lady

This is a Bozo tribe lady in Mopti’s Thursday market. On top of her head, she carries her seat for the long journey on the pinasse (boat) from her river village. All fine in Niamey, tomorrow there are presidential elections here, organised by the military junta who gave last year’s coup d’Etat. Besos!
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    • Témoris Grecko And on her chest, the mobile phone, always handy

      31 January at 10:50 · 
    • Rosi Morales WOW!!

      31 January at 12:15 · 
    • Témoris Grecko

      First hot shower since I left Dakar! Wow! I realise now that this means I didn’t have a single hot shower during my five weeks in Mali.
      I wrote: “Tomorrow there are presidential elections”. I meant today. I’m trying to upload this photo sinc…See more
      31 January at 12:24 ·  ·  1 person
    • Stephen Kent I see that the lure of Africa was just too great. All going well?

      31 January at 12:52 · 
    • Témoris Grecko haha!
      Yeah, back in Africa for about 5 months, in the west. How’s to be back in Kiwiland?

      31 January at 12:54 · 
    • Gabriela Lara Me encantan los colores de su túnica. Y su actitud. :)

      31 January at 15:09 · 
    • Témoris Grecko Y ya viste a la señora que está atrás? Así están casi todas aquí, con niñito colgando a la espalda.

      31 January at 15:11 · 
    • Gabriela Lara ¡Sí! Fantástico. Se ve que es una zona rural, ¿me equivoco?

      31 January at 15:19 · 
    • Témoris Grecko No, es el puerto de Mopti

      31 January at 15:22 ·  ·  1 person
    • Gabriela Lara Ah! Ok. Contigo estoy aprendiendo geografía de África…jajaja!
      Besos, Témoris, me voy a chambear. Suerte!

      31 January at 15:29 · 
    • Kamilla Gruenewald Wow that’s beautiful my dear Temoris
      I’m happy you focus more on culture and not so much in dangeorus things
      be safe, honey

      31 January at 15:34 · 
    • Teresita Rodriguez Se ven prácticos los banquitos, qué tal las elecciones, cómo les fue?

      31 January at 16:55 · 
    • Urania Chavarría Decanini UNA BELLEZA DE MUJER, CON LAS BOLSAS DE LA GLOBALIZACIÓN EN SUS MANOS.

      31 January at 18:23 · 
    • Gil Chamame la foto esta preciosa!

      31 January at 21:57 · 
    • Stephen Kent

      Kiwiland? <Hollow laugh> Amigo, I’m back in the UK where I can at least find work in my area. Yes, the weather’s shite.

      I did spend three weeks in Kiwiland after I left South Africa and it wasn’t bad at all, in fact some refreshing changes f…See more

      31 January at 23:15 · 
    • Mala Sorhouet a powerful lady

      01 February at 00:59 · 

 

French without fear

 

I heard music and went in… a group of French retirees, from the Association Les Amis de Yorola, were on their 7th yearly trip to Mali bringing aid. Despite all alerts, they drove from Strasbourg with 4,000 kilos of rice, medical stuff and other things, for a group of handicapped Malians who received them with theater (on the photo) and dance.
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      Témoris Grecko 

      And I want to insist: Tourism… French tourism in particular is a very important source of income in Mali, the main one in the centre and north. But the French government’s exaggerated alerts have strangled the flow of French tourists. Two…See more
      25 January at 22:04 ·  ·  1 person
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      Nematzi Rix Yeah! That’s truly strong solidarity!!! 

      25 January at 23:36 · 
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      Brian King Culture indusry as a whole in Mali is about $100 Million a year as I recall, a real inspiration for what we are trying to do in Bissau 

      26 January at 12:47 · 
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      Teresita Rodriguez Guau! que concentración del chico, espero que hayas bailado amiguito. Me da mucho gusto saber que todavía hay seres humanos que redimen al género. Gracias por compartirlo como siempre. 

      26 January at 17:37 · 

Safe Mali transport

 

The Musée National du Mali shows its pride for its transport system by exhibiting a replica of a minibus… but I got the feeling that it was after a terrible crash where all its passengers died burned… burned but happy, anyway, you can see their smiles!
(Not that it encourages you to travel by minibus)
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      Pablo Pérez I do appreciate a happy way of dying. Not that minibuses at el etado de Mexico aré much better. In Mali’s at least people smiles. 

      24 January at 15:00 · 
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      Lourdes Torres Ruiz Voy a robarme sus fotos. Aqui en oax. venga a cobrar su derechos, sera ampliamente recompensado! piense ,en tlayudas y mezcal nomas. 

      24 January at 16:41 ·  ·  1 person
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      Témoris Grecko Don’t worry, die happy
      Me los cobraré sin duda Lulú! Mmmmm, tazajo! 

      24 January at 22:15 · 
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      Teresita Rodriguez Ayy que humor tan negro de estos cuátes, la foto esta excelente amiguito, gracias por compartirla como siempre 

      25 January at 17:09 · 
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      Esther Garcilita ay qué buena onda! besos, sube más fotos 

      25 January at 20:05 · 
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      Témoris Grecko Pues no es humor, Teresita, ni negro ni de otro color… lo hicieron así en serio (y además lo han descuidado)
      Besos Teresita y Esther! 

      25 January at 20:07 · 
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      Ana Luisa Ortega Mali es la neta del planeta!! que padre que estas alla!!! (envidia de la buena) menos por la malaria.. cuidate mucho por fa!! no te confies! 

      26 January at 01:04 ·  ·  1 person

Full moon over the port of Mopti

Full moon over the port of Mopti, Mali
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    • Silvia Iveth Martínez Álvarez Hola adorado Témoris ¿Cómo estás?

      22 January at 16:44 · 
    • Esteban Jaramillo Pedroza Que buena foto! Como seguís?

      22 January at 17:49 · 
    • Alexandre Lewandowski Muy buena calidad de imagen Témoris. Que tipo de cámara estas usando?

      22 January at 17:53 · 
    • Edith Pozos He estado mirando la luna cada noche, sí es hermosa ,aunque hay lugares donde se integra al paisaje y resultan imágenes como ésta.

      22 January at 19:23 ·  ·  1 person
    • Karina Maciel Que linda!!

      22 January at 19:42 · 
    • Gabriela Lara Me encantan los contrastes de la luz amarilla del puerto y la luz blanca de la Luna.
      Buen día, Témoris, buen fin de semana. :)

      22 January at 20:31 · 
    • Gabriela Lara Oye, pero….la luna chilanga también tiene su “qué”, heee??? :P

      22 January at 22:11 · 
    • Elke Burkholder Hermosisisisísima foto!!!!!! : )

      23 January at 05:20 · 
    • Tlaulli Rocío Preciado Bahena CÓMO VA TU SALUD, YA TE SIENTES MEJOR?…BUENA Y HERMOSA FOTO!

      23 January at 08:49 · 
    • Témoris Grecko La salud bien… ya llega el tiempo de partir rumbo al este. Gracias a todas y todos!
      Alexandre, es una camarita comercial compacta, Lumix, la que anuncia Shakira… pero funciona muy bien.

      23 January at 14:18 ·  ·  2 people
    • Kamilla Gruenewald Also by night everything is beautiful where you are mon amour

      23 January at 14:30 · 

 

Half-sun over the Niger river

The clouds made me think we’d have no sunset. But the star made it’s way through the thick layer and showed up, for the last time in the day, before heading off to shine over my beautiful country.
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Niger river sunset

 

A wonderful day wandering by a small Peulh tribe village, near Sevaré (Mali), needed a sunset like this one… not to show off, of course.
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      Témoris Grecko Taken from the Bar Bozo, over the Bani River, Mopti, Mali. 20 January 2011. 

      20 January at 23:56 ·  ·  3 people
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      Mary Zuñiga-Chavez wow Temoris! so beautiful :-) 

      20 January at 23:57 · 
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      Cora Coronel hermosa foto! Gracias por aceptarme….saludos! 

      20 January at 23:59 · 
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      Esther Garcilita ah presumido! qué envidia! 

      21 January at 00:15 · 
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      BBlue Alvarez QUE BUENA PICT! SALUDOS :d 

      21 January at 00:16 · 
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      Peter Hoesing beautiful! Tell me again how I finish up this Ph.D. and get a job like yours? 

      21 January at 00:17 ·  ·  2 people
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      Témoris Grecko first get your thesis approved and published…
      then I’ll show you the yellow brick road
      No era por presumir! Lo juro! (cuál es el castigo para los que juran en vano?)
      Gracias, besos! 

      21 January at 00:20 ·  ·  1 person
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      Francisco Gabriel Zepeda Maldonado jejejeje… ya repuesto del paludismo supongo… bonita puesta… 

      21 January at 05:26 ·  ·  1 person
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      Saori Iwamoto love it. your comment too hahaha 

      21 January at 09:46 · 
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      Carlos Berumen hols chavo cuidate un beso 

      21 January at 10:18 · 
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      Joelle Gueguen Niiiiiiiiiice one Témoris! 

      21 January at 11:30 · 
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      Karen Hannon I see you’re back on track again Mr Grecko! x 

      21 January at 13:02 · 
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      Teresita Rodriguez Es bellísimo! 

      21 January at 18:25 · 
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      Gabriela Lara Ayer y antier tuvimos por acá una luna hermosa..digo, nada más para que no seas tú el único que presume. :P 

      21 January at 19:52 · 
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      Témoris Grecko Sí Pancho… pero ahora con tifoidea, tú crees?
      Gracias! Thank you!
      Miss Hannon, yeah!
      Gaby… pues… te dejé otra por si querías apreciarlo mejor. 

      21 January at 21:11 ·  ·  1 person
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      Gabriela Lara Sencillamente, me quitó el aliento. Gracias! 

      21 January at 23:18 · 
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      Vesna Able Hmmm we could match that from the desert in Rajistan !! 

      22 January at 09:25 · 
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      Témoris Grecko With dune canoes and everything? 

      22 January at 12:28 · 
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      Kamilla Gruenewald Temoris mon amour I dont have words to tell you what this photo makes me feel. I am so jealous because I wasnt there with you to enjoy this incredible sunset Does the sun really look so big? And the fishermen. I send you many kisses in french and in german and in espanol and in any language they speak in Mali 

      23 January at 14:28 · 
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      David Jaramillo MUY BUENA! 

      25 January at 22:09 · 
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      Annie Stefan K linda foto!!
      Un fuerte abrazo. 

      26 January at 15:39 · 

From Dakhla to Nouakchott: where the Sahara and the Atlantic kiss

My dad loves the desert. He taught me to love it too. And he particularly loves desert-meets-sea love scenes. I thought of him for days, as I was travelling from Dakhla, in the Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara, to Mauritania’s capital city, Nouakchott: he would have greatly enjoyed admiring the diversity of these arid lands as they come near to the Ocean. Sand dunes, green bushes, red soils, flaming sunsets, nomadic tents, wild camels, a ships cemetery and even an Al Qaeda-hit road.

That was in December 3-5, 2010.

Find the photo album here

Nouadhibou-Nouakchott

In the 529 kms-long Nouadhibou-Nouakchott road, we passed 8 police checkpoints: documents, drugs and weapons searches. I understand: three Catalans were kidnapped by Al Qaeda on this route a year ago. But the agents seem to be there only to harass citizens (not me ’cause they don’t want to annoy foreigners) and demand bribes. Business as usual

I took this picture on kilometre 60, where the Spanish travellers were kidnaped: