Wednesday, March 4, 2009

africa here i come!

As I mentioned earlier, I'm off to Africa on Friday. Will be leading a group of 10 people on a 10-day trip to my old stomping grounds. Of course I'm terribly excited but also apprehensive at being in charge of everything. Lots of details and a jam-packed itinerary. But it will be great to be back there, to visit all of the sights and to give lots of gifts to DFs family. :)

Here are some pics to give you an idea of where I'll be...

We'll be trekking up in this area for two days and nights. It's rugged and beautiful and totally fascinating. The villages we will visit are places I have been to before. I think the hikes are doable by everyone in the group. Hey, if I can do it, anyone can. I'm soooo not physically fit. lol. Of course, temperatures are in the 100s now, so we'll be taking it slow (and staying put during midday).

Crazy fun at the open market in the capital city. This was my view every day going to and from work. Total chaos. But it all works out in the end.



mmm, I hope I get to eat some of my favorite dishes. Groundnut stew, riz au gras, and good ol' rice and sauce. Fried plaintains too. Oh yeah.

So I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to blog between now and Friday, but I'll certainly have some stories to share in a week or so. K'an b'en sooni!

11 comments:

Bridget Locke said...

Okay...I know, you don't know me super well (except via blogger), but postcards? Please? I think I have one from just about every continent except Africa. :) You don't have to. Just thought I'd ask.

I hope you have a fantastic time. I think it's awesome that you've travelled so much. It's pretty laughable when I realize I've been...nowhere. *sigh*

Enjoy! Have fun! Take lots and lots of pictures! :)

Marg said...

There were a few of my ex's African dishes that I used to enjoy - one involving rice and chicken and tomato sauce - maybe joloff rice or something like that! There were plenty of others that I didn't like though! It's unfortunate that my son really isn't getting any exposure to his African side in terms of food or anything else!

Have a fantastic time!

Stacy~ said...

I am so envious of you right now. Your pictures are beautiful, and I admit make me even more fascinated with Africa. I can't wait for you to come back and share your new experiences with us. I hope you have a wonderful time.

Carolyn Jean said...

How awesome. Wow! I didn't realize you'd be doing that.

These photos are gorgeous. You must be so excited. But yeah, stressful to be the leader! I hope you take lots more photos.

Rosie said...

You are going to be great as the leader/guide because you are one awesome chick! Have a wonderful time and be safe.

Wendy said...

We'll want updates and pictures when you get back! Have fun, I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time.

Tracy said...

The photos you posted are amazing! Have a wonderful time and please take lots of photos to share. Be safe, my friend.

lbgregg said...

I'm so excited for you, partner.Have fun,be safe, eat good stuff, and bring back lots of stories to share.

MWAH.

Sarai said...

Oh have fun like LB said be safe, eat good and oh bring back lots and lots of pictures~

CD said...

You just had to twist the knife, didn't you [sniff].

Because I'm such a lovely person - still wishing you a great time trekking the Dogon and best of luck with your flock - I'm sure it'll be fine. I'm holding you to your promise of stories though (and riddles if pos) or I'll take to sticking pins in dolls.

As for the food, meh personally. I suppose it's not fair for one region of the world to have everything...

Kwana said...

Wow! I can't wait to hear about it when you return home.