I'd been told it takes two weeks to adjust to a hot climate, but having been there for longer than that already, I discovered you don't get used to the heat, you just get used to being too overheating. I'd also discovered many other, more interesting, things whilst in Mali, like how to give a bribe.
It was the middle of a hot, dry, dusty day and I was sweating like a Brit in a sub-Saharan country, when we first saw the Tour D'Afrique, standing tall in the centre on one of the busiest roundabouts in Bamako, the capital of Mali.
Before closing the hatch behind us, the ladder was dragged up. Using the ladder to climb higher, I'd like to think we weren't seen, but that would be a silly assumption.
Out of curiosity a night time visit was in order, this time no bribe was needed, we simply grabbed the ladder and ran up the stairs, although when his shift finished, the guard came up looking for us, only to find the hatch closed, no ladder or Too-Bah-boos in sight. Not finding us there, he searched the stairs and in the lift, while we lowered the ladder then ourselves down from the top of the monument. He soon returned with a long iron rod, and with a smile escorted us off site. I cant help but to wonder what he thought we were up to up there? And more importantly, what was the iron rod for?
Thanks to Dan for the adventure!