Ouagadougou
2009-01-19 Burkina Faso, Oagadougou, Hotel Libya, formerly Sofitel

2009-01-19 Burkina Faso, Oagadougou, Hotel Libya, formerly Sofitel

2009-01-19 Burkina Faso, Oagadougou, Hotel Libya, formerly Sofitel a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Our hotel was supposed to be a five star hotel and with training, one day it may get to three stars. The physical accommodations are excellent. Everything s shiny and clean and the stone floors echo...
2009-01-17 Flying over the Atlantic and the African coast on the way to Ouagadougou

2009-01-17 Flying over the Atlantic and the African coast on the way to Ouagadougou

2009-01-17 Flying over the Atlantic and the African coast on the way to Ouagadougou a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter As we flew from the verdant island of Madeira the African continent cut the deep blue sea as a chunk of sand and rock. What is striking about Africa here...
2009-01-17 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, aerial view of the city as we flew in

2009-01-17 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, aerial view of the city as we flew in

2009-01-17 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, aerial view of the city as we flew in a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter West Africa is on the edge of the Sahara desert right where the savannah begins which is called the Sahel. The Sahel is good for grazing and along rivers and ponds,...
2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Artisan Market Tuareg man working leather

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Artisan Market Tuareg man working leather

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Artisan Market Tuareg man working leather a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Here a Tuareg man is pounding leather which they shape into beautiful boxes with vibrant colors. Turbans are wrapped differently by different ethnic groups locals can easily tell who is from where and what...
2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Tuaregs, men of the desert, who come south to trade and sell leather goods in the city

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Tuaregs, men of the desert, who come south to trade and sell leather goods in the city

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Tuaregs, men of the desert, who come south to trade and sell leather goods in the city a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter West Africa is a mix of many people and the relationships date back to before the 13th century. The Tuaregs, pictured here are...
2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, boys with alligator or crocodile in artisan market

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, boys with alligator or crocodile in artisan market

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, boys with alligator or crocodile in artisan market a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Holding a crocodile (or is it an alligator? I cannot tell them apart), these two boys wanted their picture taken. Animals are symbols of strength and in the old days a man...
2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Our Plane

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Our Plane

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Our Plane a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter We arrived in Ouagadougou on a TCS Thompson chartered jet. All the passenger seats are first class and fully recline. Staff seats were none to shabby either and actually I and the other speaker got the same seats...
2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, shops line the red dust street

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, shops line the red dust street

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, shops line the red dust street a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Except for the empty shopping center, there are no shops in Ouagadougou. Yet, commerce drives the country for there is little else. They recycle goods from Europe and they produce some food. That is...
2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, small shops line the dusty street

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, small shops line the dusty street

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, small shops line the dusty street a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Typical throughout West Africa is the small scale informal economy that provides residents with their basic needs. Second hand goods such as purses, strollers, bicycle parts, tires, and other things line the streets. Furniture...
2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, dressed up woman walking in the dusty street

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, dressed up woman walking in the dusty street

2009-01-17 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, dressed up woman walking in the dusty street a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter West Africa is characterized by very eroded red soils which turn to dust when dry. Sun beats down everywhere and the whole earth seems to bake. The only thing that people truly...