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Burkina Faso



When our friends asked us to visit them in their new home in Burkina Faso, we didn't hesitate. Spending time with them is always a pleasure,so we would have visited them anywhere.
I did some research on the West-african country and learned about the harsh conditions there. It is completely land-closed with access to no harbour, there is practically no industry. There is an unemployment rate of 70% and an illiteracy rate of 75%. The land has a big problem with water supplies, it has no real major touristic attractions.
Besides from meeting with our friends, the country didn't seem too attractive. It was our maiden trip to Africa as well, what to expect ? Our friends ensured us that the major thing visiting the country, is about meeting the Burkinabe people, which proved to be right.
The welcome was very generous everywhere whe showed up, there where literally hundreds of handshakes, 'Bon arrivés' and truly meant smiles.
We were often wondered by the strong traditions that still exist in the country. The animist religion, which considers councelling the spirits of nature and ancestors, still lives strong. Animal sacrifice within the animistic tradition still lives on.

We like to thank Ruki, Lekia and Ousmane for the warm welcome and especially Joseph for taking up the difficult task to drive us around the sometimes nasty road conditions of the 'pistes'. Also a thank you to Gabriel and Richard for guiding us around. Thanks to Roger for the guiding in Tiembele, especially for taking us to the Kasana king which came with a complicated protocol we were glad Roger knew about.

Last but not least, a big thank you to Bruno and Anouk for their hospitability. They opened the world of traveling for us many years ago and did it again now. I can not thank them enough, writing this from their garden in Ouagadougou, just 3 weeks before Christmas 2010.

The Kasana king
The Kasana king
Dusty football
Dusty football
Bonjour Monsieur !
Bonjour Monsieur !
Smoker
Smoker
Wonder
Wonder
Fire
Fire
Wall
Wall
Friends
Friends
Smile
Smile
Curious
Curious
Peace
Peace
Pottery
Pottery
Falls
Falls
Sum
Sum
Guardian of the sacred boabab
Guardian of the sacred boabab
The children of the sacred boabab
The children of the sacred boabab
Puff
Puff
Pipe
Pipe
Run !
Run !
Music
Music
Wash
Wash
Friendly
Friendly
Scrub
Scrub
Bobo mosque
Bobo mosque
Piste
Piste
Crush
Crush
Pipes
Pipes
Grace
Grace
Light
Light
Mother
Mother
Craft
Craft
Old
Old
Stick
Stick
Reed
Reed
Jembe
Jembe
Seat
Seat
Baby
Baby
Shine
Shine
Mother
Mother
Group
Group
Cook
Cook
Haze
Haze
The sacred baobab
The sacred baobab
IInside the sacred baobab
IInside the sacred baobab
Kettle
Kettle
Goat transport 1
Goat transport 1
Goat transport 2
Goat transport 2
Boabab fruit
Boabab fruit
Sleep
Sleep
Bait
Bait
Shake
Shake
Treasure
Treasure
Tempting Kieran
Tempting Kieran
Harvest
Harvest
Track
Track
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