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I expected this to happen to me.
I was so exhausted after that long long bus journey (Please refer to the previous article for more details). I was like a zombie all day yesterday and all I could do was to eat and rest as much as possible or surf on the Internet. Luckily, the Sleeping Camel (XOF5,000 per night for a dorm-bed) was quite cozy with fast Wi-Fi connections: yes, even in the middle of West Africa the Internet is already creeping in now!

Itoh-san seemed to get over her stomach problem today and she cooked Japanese curry with pork for lunch. She kindly gave some of it to me and it was such a long while since the last time I had Japanese curry. I really enjoyed it, but I wondered why pork was openly selling here in Mali where the majority of people are Muslim....

Late this afternoon I went to an office of a bus company called "Africa Tours Trans" and bought a ticket for tomorrow morning to go to Mopti.
Another bus company called "Bani" was also an option for me, but a bus operated by Africa Tours Trans looked 10 times better and newer than Bani's bus and also Africa Tours Trans had air-cons (Yes, "Air-con") and lunch included for the total fare of XOF9,000.


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Up until now, despite the fact that Senegal was regarded as one of the Malaria-danger countries in West Africa, I didn't take any tablets for Malaria prevention. However, I've started taking Malarone since I left for Mali three days ago; I bought my Malarone tablets (12 tablets) in a pharmacy in Dakar for EUR50. This doesn't mean that Senegal is less Malaria-infested than Mali - a lot of people in Senegal still die of Malaria every year. I just personally believe that Dakar and N'Gor in Senegal should be Okay for me without taking the tablets. Whereas, the risk of getting Malaria may be higher for me in Bamako and all the rest of Mali (based on no scientific proof, though.)
Additionally, while I keep taking a Malarone tablet once a day, I also carry a few Mefloquine tablets in my bag just in case. This is because of my personal concern that if I ever start to have Malaria symptoms even though I keep taking Malarone: this is said to be a very rare case, Mefloquine can be used as temporary Malaria treatment then.
Why not Doxycycline?! I didn't choose it simply because it was developed in the 60's (quite old!) and could have stronger side-effects than the other two mentioned above.
Anyway, I can talk about this issue on and on, but I'm not a specialist in this respect. You should consult your doctor for more details.


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