I love the grace of this west African woman as she carries her baby, nonchalantly balancing half a dozen bowls and plates on her head. Yells of nasara (white person) punctuated the colour, activity and music of this vibrant food market in the west African country of Burkina Faso as it became impossible to anonymously and quietly purchase some food and enjoy the market. An aid worker in the area informed me that the term was endearing and respectful, simply a way to attract your attention and not vaguely racially motivated.



2 Responses to Photo of the Week: Balance and Poise (Burkina Faso)

  • Meghan says:

    As intense an experience going to West Africa would be, I think it would be so much fun! As soon as the Ebola fears die down, I may have to visit here.

    • Mark H says:

      The Ebola outbreak is terrible and most of these countries are desperately poor without the resources to handle such trying medical issues. It is a rarely visited and highly rewarding part of the world to travel with great natural beauty, deep and striking cultures and vibrant peoples, markets and villages.

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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