Temba (our housemate), yelled to us from the courtyard ‘Eh, guys, come look at this, there’s someone at the door…’.
We pulled ourselves away from an afternoon jam session and were surprised to find an unlikely visitor to the busy capital of Mali.
‘Walaikum as salaam’, we replied in unison.
It was a man on a camel. He had travelled over 1000 km from Gao (close to Mali’s border with Niger), all the way to Bamako.
As his camel munched at our tree we offered him a glass of ice cold smoothie, explaining it as ‘a traditional drink from home’. He thanked us, we exchanged a few words of french and then he peeled his camel away from our tree before continuing on his journey.
‘Bonne route‘ we yelled from our gate. We returned to the house with another wonderful and bizarre encounter to add to our list.