Filed Under (General) by Rob on 04-08-2009

…which was a very interesting experience indeed. Have a look:


And if it’s flip-flops you want, here’s the place (though they were cheaper in Benin…)


And, of course, West African cuisine wouldn’t be complete without the ubiquitous Maggi Cube. You may remember that Cotonou had a whole water tower devoted to the Maggi Cube (until a mobile phone network repainted it), which I blogged about here. Looks like Bamako has to make do with a Maggi van for the time being at least…


However, the most intriguing bit of the market was these guys with their giant mallets. Any guesses what they’re doing and why? Leave me your suggestions and I’ll let you know the answer in a week or so:

Other news:

* We’re all moved in and settling into our new home.
* The back yard has a serious mosquito problem, though hardly any have made it into the house. A bloke is coming to spray the whole area tomorrow.
* It’s our wedding anniversary tomorrow, so I’m taking Lois to a nice place by the river for a romantic meal.
* Also tomorrow, the Baker family gains a new addition. Watch this space…

4 Comments posted on "Today I went to the local market…"
Reggie on August 4th, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

Hmm. It looks a little bit too muddy for the flip-flops!

Guess No. 1 for the hammers:
Dry cleaning (you squish the dirt out of the clothes).

Guess No. 2 for the hammers:
Mosquito bashing – you catch all the mosquitoes in a cloth bag and take it to the mosquito bashers to have them squished (for people who don’t have access to magic wands!)

Have a great anniversary!

Cheers, Reggie.
P.S. just been playing with your gallery settings – larger fonts and better spaced images.

nora on August 10th, 2009 at 3:09 am #

My favorite tailor is in Bamako, I’ll have to come visit to get some clothes made!

Loretta on August 13th, 2009 at 11:05 am #

I know what they’re doing, but I also think it should be a station at my African gym for build upper body definition. That, along with fish net pulling and pounding foufou.

Jean on August 15th, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

I think they are metal workers using the hammers.