In flight to Bouake - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
We are in the Ivory Coast, this morning we were in Abidjan, but then we took a flight to go to Bouake.
We left Abidjan's domestic flights terminal with a propeller plane and headed North, our flight to Bouake is not direct but makes an intermediate stop at Korhogo, that is further North than Bouake; after Bouake we will go right to Korhogo, but by land.
As soon as we leave the city of Abidjan from the window we see only vegetation and some small cluster of houses and some huts; this is the Africa we like.
Abidjan - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
We are in Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, we arrived last night from Milan and we have not yet completely overcome the thermal shock, but being warm during the winter months is definitely a pleasure.
This morning we woke up early, we had breakfast and then at 7.00am we have an appointment with our guide; he will travel with us for the duration of the trip.
We exchange a few words and he gives us a short briefing on the journey, but then every day he will tell us all the things we will visit; now it's better to go.
Bienvenue en Cote d’Ivoire!
This morning we left before dawn from Milan, with zero degrees, and finally we landed at 6.20pm local time, 7.20pm Italian time, at Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, with 32 degrees and a crazy humidity rate .
Well, definitely the thermal shock is felt, but, despite the humidity, it is a pleasant sensation; fortunately, tomorrow we move to the North, moving away from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and leave the damp behind us, but not the high temperatures, though the climate will be much drier.
Brussels Airlines: Sahara desert - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
This morning we woke up very early and we went to the airport: we fly to the Ivory Coast!
We chose Brussels Airlines, it's the first time we fly by this company; we chose it because it is a partner of Miles & More, because it has good times, but also because we have found a super offer for the business class.
At 6.20am we board from Milan Linate, when we take off we enjoy the view of our city from the window of the plane; with the warm colors of dawn Milan is really beautiful!
Brussels Airlines: Italian alps - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
Finally here we are, today we leave to the Ivory Coast!
We have been waiting for this moment for months and it has finally arrived!
In Milan it's cold and the thought of taking a break and going to our warm and beloved Africa makes us very happy.
This morning we fly from Linate very early, around 7.00am, so we have to leave the house at 4.00am; we would not be able to wake up so early for anything in the world, except to take a flight, if it then takes us to our beloved Africa, we are happy with this early morning wake-up call.
Finally here we are! The longed-for moment has arrived: tomorrow we leave to the Ivory Coast!
It had been a long time since we wanted to make this journey; for about 3 years I have read and studied the various destinations, even if it is not easy to find a lot of information, as it is certainly not a destination frequented by travelers.
UNESCO has decided to include in the list of World Heritage Sites different rites of passage of the Maasai, defining them as an "intangible cultural heritage that needs urgent protection".
The rituals that Unesco intends to protect so that they are not lost forever, thus helping the communities to preserve their cultural practices and traditions, are three and precisely: Enkipaata, Eunoto and Olng'esherr.
If Forbes draws a ranking of the richest men in the world from the origins of humanity, it would be found that at the top rank there would not be Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon, neither Bill Gates nor even the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, but rather an ancient ruler of ' West Africa.
The sovereign Mansa Musa Keita I, who ruled the empire of Mali in the 14th century, whose lands were rich in profitable natural resources, especially gold, and had a personal wealth that far exceeded the "wretched" 100 billion dollars of the current richest man in the world Jeff Bezos.
I think we all happened to see in a movie or read in a book the compelling story of a lawyer who fights to save an innocent, unjustly on death row.
But here we are not in the plot of a legal bestseller set in Texas but, unfortunately, we are in reality; the lawyer is an environmentalist and the defendants are two unaware and innocent lions: Mufasa, a beautiful specimen of white lion, and Soraya, his lioness.
The Big Five will gain a prominent place on the new banknotes that will soon be put into circulation in Kenya.
The Central Bank of Kenya has in fact announced the long-awaited new look of the banknotes: on the new Kenyan shillings will no longer be represented the monuments and previous presidents of the country, but will be the animals, symbol of the savannah, the new protagonists.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially consented to the printing of the new notes and coins that, in a few years, will completely replace those currently in circulation.