About Us

We are Phil and Matt, two guys who found themselves in West Africa and never left. When we are not riding scooters around West Africa, we run a hostel and restaurant in Bamako, Mali.




Formerly a middle school teacher in Washington, DC, Phil is now permanently based in West Africa. He originally traveled to Ghana in 2005, because he liked highlife music. Once he got there, he found other things — groundnut stew, Twi, mapouka (the dance and the alcohol), orange-headed lizards — that he also liked. In 2010, he quit his job to return to Ghana and to visit other countries in the region. He currently lives in Mali with his wife, Bintou, and their son, Andre.