2017-11-10 / Travel

Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso

By Warner M. Montgomery, Ph.D. WarnerM@TheColumbiaStar.com


I visited the city hall (Maison du Peuple) of Ouagadougou. I visited the city hall (Maison du Peuple) of Ouagadougou. I crammed into another “Desert Taxi,” left Timbuktu and the Niger River, and headed south to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, which according to my guide book was the country’s largest city, with a population of over a million and is locally known as Ouaga. The book also listed the “The Places to go in Ouagadougou,” such as: an artisan village, gift shops, an animal reserve (zoo), a sculpture symposium, gardens and parks, markets, flea markets, churches and mosques, and city parks.

There were no places listed for cheap travelers like me, so I went to the nearby bus station and asked for help. Luckily, a French backpacker who spoke better English than I did French, and I ended up sharing a room near the train station.

I ate dinner, walked to the train station, and bought tickets to Abidjan in the nation of Ivory Coast.


I left Ouagadougou on this bus which was carrying carcasses of cattle and goats on the roof. I left Ouagadougou on this bus which was carrying carcasses of cattle and goats on the roof. Next Week: Abidjan



My room in Ouagadougou overlooked the city park and train station. My room in Ouagadougou overlooked the city park and train station.

I bought tickets to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, at this train station. I bought tickets to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, at this train station.

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