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April 24, 2014

Bonfire of the Humanities

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People dress like kings and queens in the capital of Mali, even in the dirt streets on the far side of the river. The women walk down mud lanes wearing immaculate gowns with puffed shoulders, gold detailing, and beadwork. The dudes are natty, too, in safari suits, crisp office boy outfits, or the grand boubou, the national robing that makes any man walk like a giant. Only the heroic boys everywhere—young teens carrying loads, pushing groceries, directing trucks—go around in recycled jeans and T-shirts. In squalor the people must be regal. - - Mali | OutsideOnline.com

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 24, 2014 7:34 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Top notch travel writing. Timbuktu and books too. Fascinating!

Posted by: Jimmy J. at April 24, 2014 9:51 AM

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