The infrastructure was said to be in place and able to support tourism. To be nothing like Mali, it was said. Yes, hot water was available. No, television was not an option. Then again, why watch it in such a wonderful country? Sometimes food was not available at hotels where we stayed. My favorite was going out to eat. There were eight or ten of us. As food was delivered, one could be absolutely certain that each order was cooked independent of the other items on the order, and that the chicks and corn were raised prior to serving. The service was comical, and you just had to sit back and enjoy (with local beer in hand if you were lucky to be served even that).

The coastline was different than the rainforests, but throughout there was warmth and a heritage proudly displayed.


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