never really intended to go back; it was definitely one of those
"once in a lifetime" adventures. But I had been warned that
Africa was addictive, so no great surprise that we feel the urge to
return. This time, however, we are planning to spend a bit
more time in the desert, particularly Mauritania with some
fascinating old towns and the amazing crater, the "Eye of Africa".
Unfortunately this means we won't have time for
much of Mali, and we tell ourselves we are only going there to sell
the dear old car! It will be interesting to see if anything
has changed despite promises of better roads. I suspect the
only change will be more pointless "security"; already we have been
advised that we need to get a visa before we go to RIM...or not,
depending which week it is.
In the event, we did get to Bamako and do the
interesting desert crossing from Chinguetti to Tidjikja in
Mauritania. We had allowed ten days to sell the car and do
some sightseeing in Mali, but unfortunately sold the car on day 1
and spent the remainder uncharacteristically (and rather boringly)
lying by the pool, drinking cold beer! Can't win them all.