Today's bus-journey from Bamako to Mopti was by Africa Tours Trans (hereafter ATT). It was cleaner, newer and better than the bus I took from Dakar to Bamako three days ago. It was still dark outside when the bus left Bamako just after 6am in the morning
Funnily enough, I thought that an air-conditioner inside a bus in Africa was an urban myth, but it really existed! Today's ATT bus did have an air-con and it was working! The only small problem I had with this ATT bus was that the seat arrangement was quite tight. I had a big African guy sitting next to me and one third of my seat was taken over by him....

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Lunch was included in the fare (XOF9,000) and it was a piece of bread with chicken marinated in tomato sauce as well as a bottle of Coca Cola. Not such a delicious meal, but it was definitely better (and seemingly safer?) than the suspicious goat meat that I had on my way from Dakar to Bamako.

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The bus was going through a vast dry bushland.
Agriculture is said to be one of the biggest industries in Mali, but I didn't see any farms or farmers at all on our way. The land looked too dry for farming to me.

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The bus was supposed to arrive in Mopti around 15pm, but because we made a few stops and once we had a flat tyre (again!), it was almost 17pm when we finally arrived in Mopti.

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Unlike Bamako which is the capital of Mali with lots of people and crazy traffic during the day, Mopti is seemingly a small town with calm Niger River running through.

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