There are places I’ve always wanted to see just because I heard them when I was a child and couldn’t believe they were real. I’ve had the great privilege of seeing many of those places and most have exceeded my imagining (a few have turned out to be pretty uninspiring). Others, I’m sure, have simply slipped from mind or lost the magic they held for me when I was a child.
But there are still a few places that remain on that childhood “to do” list that I would like to get to. One of those is Timbuktu, although I think it is Mali itself — with it’s ancient dwellings, shifting dunes, and nomadic people — that actually speaks to me.
And now the New York Times tells me that Mali is also home to what seems like a perfect music festival!
Watching the video makes me really want to be there.