Posts Tagged ‘Villa for rent in Mali’

Mali, West Africa 2010-2011

February 18, 2011

My family was very lucky this year to be able to return to Mali, my Peace Corps country of service and my husband’s homeland, after eight years away.  It was so great to be back and see family and friends and all the changes going on in the city and my old village, Salamale.  We had taken Nani to Mali when she was one, but Dambou had never been.  It was an incredible experience for them to meet all their relatives and see the Malian way of life.  My parents were also able to join us for two weeks and have Christmas and New Years Eve with us and Lassana’s family.

Over the past five winters, Lassana has been building a house just outside of Bamako.   Finally, he has completed his work and the house will be ready to rent out before he returns home to us.  Located just a 10 minute drive into the center of the capital city, Bamako; the house is nestled among mango trees and only a short walk to the Niger River.  The house has a large open living room with a cathedral ceiling open to the third level, a large dining room and kitchen with separate laundry room, 6 bedrooms: two on the first floor with a shared bath, two on the second floor with shared bath, and two are private suites with private baths and porches, also on the second floor.  There is a beautiful roof deck that sits above the mango trees and is perfect for relaxing in a warm afternoon breeze.  The tiled pool in the backyard is plenty deep for diving, and long enough to do laps in.   There is a rock waterfall with a lighted cave to swim into at the deep end.  More photos of the finished house to come, since it was not quite done when I left Mali in January.  Landscaping was all done by Lassana with many native tropical plants and trees including coconut palms, papayas and flowering shrubs.  More photos of that to come too!  If you or anyone you know is interested in renting this villa for long or short term, contact me!

Our Bamako house, ready for renting

 

 

The back view with pool steps, also showing master suite porch above

 

The pool with cave and soon-to-be waterfall at the deep end

 

Dambou balancing in the front yard

 

Looking up at Lassana from the open living room. The third floor opens out to the roof deck.

 

Lassana's mother, Manthita on left, and her sister Baima

 

A group of family and friends at the blessing of our new house

 

Lassana's aunt

 

My parents at a new botanical park in Bamako

 

Fellow Mali RPCVs, Greg Flatt and Cindy Hellmann, started ECOVA Mali and here are some photos from the training site outside Bamako

ECOVA Mali kitchen hut and animal house in back

 

ECOVA Mali's tomato harvest

 

Madou, Country director of ECOVA Mali

 

ECOVA Mali gardens

 

My mother treads lightly through the ECOVA gardens

 

Water is pumped from a well and directed through the trenches

 

A magnificent view from the Siby Arch

 

Under the Siby Arch

 

Interesting rocks in Siby

 

 

A boat we took to cross the Niger in Segou

 

The small village we visited where they make pottery, across the Niger from Segou

 

Baobab trees

 

A woman making pottery, all by hand with no wheel

 

Weaving cotton for bogolon

 

Boiling the tree bark to dye the white cotton before mud is painted on

 

Painting with mud onto the woven cotton

 

Bamako

 

Our compound in the village, mud bricks being made

 

All the village houses are built with mud bricks, this is our hut in progress

 

Our village compound, kitchen hut on left, sleeping hut on right

 

Nani and Hawa, canoeing down the Niger

 

Nani and Assitan, learning to wash clothes by hand

 

Standing on a termite mound

 

Grassy field with termite mounds

 

Dambou joins my former host family in Salamale

 

Nani with my former host mother, Marimuso and her grandchildren

 

Marimuso and me with her peanut harvest

 

Lassana on the right, heading onto the Niger

 

Going down to see the cows getting a drink

 

Nani's village classroom, a pretty quiet spot!

 

Dambou and Batoma playing out back

 

All our dishes

 

Back from the bush with wood for the cook-fire

 

Our kitchen and Malike, a young man who helps us out around the huts

 

Frying plantains

 

Biking is the number one mode of transport in the village

 

Salamale village elementary school, out for lunch

 

Salamale kids

 

The community health center that was my Peace Corps Project

 

My wonderful husband, Lassana

 

On the river, this bird became a delicious breakfast made by my sister-in-law!

An elder in Salamale

My last night in Safola, we decided to have a little dance party, so we called the drummers and had some fun!

 

 


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