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What’s going on with Maliba?

Last Thursday was Mali’s independence day. Happy birthday, Mali. A little perspective: when I write about Mali, I do so as an expat that has been living on and off... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 26-09-16


Behind the Scenes of Postcards from Timbuktu

The above image is an excerpt of an article written on our postcards from Timbuktu project from La Vanguardia, which I learned is the largest newspaper in Catalonia. Wikipedia also... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 24-08-16


Attack in Bamako: Forcing an Explanation of Something We Don’t Understand

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, you are aware that a Radisson Blu hotel was attacked in Bamako a couple of weeks ago. I am not going to... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 04-12-15


My sheep, sail boats on the Niger, dance contests and other photos from Mali

Time to dust off the blog for a brief post. They’ve been rare in 2015. I wish that wasn’t the case. I have a .txt file full of post ideas. I... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 10-06-15


Getting Hitched in Mali

Pre-wedding henna Thursday and Sunday are the traditional days of marriage in Mali. We chose Sunday. The plan was (and still is) to get legally married in Bintou’s village, have a... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 25-02-15


No Turning Back Now

Some of you will understand this photo. If you don’t, you will in a few days. Words and photos to come. No Turning Back Now is a post from: Phil in... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 22-01-15


Pictures from my life in Mali

What am I doing in Mali? I am managing a hotel, the same hotel that I stayed at randomly in 2010 when I first came here. It’s the hotel where I... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 10-12-14


Neglected Photos from Mali and Cote d’Ivoire

I thought these photos could use a home on the internet, so here they are. Pretty typical scene at Djigui Koro, one of the best bars in Bamako. Somebody buys... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 05-06-14


Worrying signs in Mali and a bonus travel guide: Bamako on $2 a day

I am back in Mali after almost 7 months in Abidjan, the longest break since I first starting coming here in 2010. I tried to come back sooner, but the... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 31-01-14


Some thoughts about Mali’s upcoming election

SOTRAMA in Koulikoro. They don’t come more patriotic than this one.Well, it’s going to happen. Despite the fact that many analysts, diplomats and even members of Mali’s own electoral body... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 22-07-13


Personal Update: Travel Plans for July and Updates on Abidjan Food Biz

On the film set for SOS Democracy sketch comedy that will soon be released.First thing, if you use google reader to read this site, that shit is going away on... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 29-06-13


Welcoming Boubacar Traore to my family (of sheep)

After an extended period of mourning following the death of Maimouna – have I shared that yet? Maimouna died. When I asked my partner Arouna what killed her, he said... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 24-06-13


A Photo Essay: Bamako Taxi Interiors

Before you look at Bamako taxi interiors, please consider reading my last post and supporting a grassroots democracy project being led by Malian activists (our campaign ends in 68 hours!).I could... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 06-06-13


Why this can work

If we had held these kinds of gatherings in the early 90′s, we would not be in the position that we are today.That quote comes from the dugutigi (neighborhood chief)... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 28-05-13


SOS Democracy: how this came to be

Earlier this year, I was emailed by a Malian woman named Coumba. She was trying to get in contact with Bruce Whitehouse about a post he had written, in which... Read More

Travel Post by Phil in the Blank on the 14-05-13