Monthly Archives: December 2010

France au revoir

‘Monique, you need a good France au revoir’, Ibrahim tells me. I look at him with a huge question mark expression on my face. ‘A what?’, I ask him. ‘A France au revoir!’ he repeats. We had seen almost every … Continue reading

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Is it safe to travel in Mali..?

Over the past few months several people have contacted me with the question whether or not it is safe to travel in Mali nowadays. Embassies around the globe are warning for the threat of terrorist attacks, especially in the Northern … Continue reading

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Christmas in Mali…

With over 85% of the Malian population being Muslim, you won’t find much of a Christmas atmosphere. With no Christmas trees or decorations to be found and warm sunlit days I found it hard to realize Christmas was coming up. … Continue reading

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Made in China…

It doesn’t really matter where on earth you are, the Chinese will most probably be around, selling lots of cheap stuff in a rather questionable quality. Mali is no exception, unfortunately. Whatever you find on markets and in the small … Continue reading

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Sunday laundry day

Once a week, usually on Sunday, it’s laundry day at Papillon’s residence! Nanna, a local young lady comes over to do all the laundry. By hand that is, since washing machines are rare in Mali. Most Malian houses are not … Continue reading

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Elephants & Dogon Country

Exploring new grounds is something I always enjoy and even after more than a year in Mali and several visits to Dogon Country I still find myself in awe with the atmosphere, experiences and surroundings, amazing Ibrahim every now and … Continue reading

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The carpenter story continued…

Sure enough I hadn’t seen the last of the carpenter story yet! The one who had made the wall bars was convinced he was done with his job. However when I saw it I wasn’t quite sure whether I’d like … Continue reading

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