Monthly Archives: March 2011

Patience is a virtue…

Not liking to have to wait long time in line as well as avoiding the heat of the day, I usually make it an early morning activity to visit the post office. Arriving there this morning at 7:45 I found … Continue reading

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Western men are so demanding..!

Yesterday, over a refreshing swim, a Tuareg girlfriend stated being entirely done with western men! I guess I must have looked a bit puzzled with her firm words and she was more than happy to explain her opinion. ‘Monique, western … Continue reading

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Jelle’s birthday party

Shortly after his arrival in Ségou, Jelle started talking about his upcoming birthday, making sure we would know the date. Hearing that for most Malian’s a birthday is of no importance at all, meaning they do not celebrate it, was … Continue reading

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Getting the most out of a two-day visit to Bamako

Not being a huge fan of Mali’s capital Bamako with its traffic jams, pollution and crowds, I only go there when I have a real good reason, like the start of a journey or renewing my visa. So, off I … Continue reading

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Festival des Masques et Marionnettes

For a couple of days I put my computer and work on the Papillon Reizen website aside to delve into the Festival des Masques et Marionnettes in Markala, a village about 40 kilometers from Ségou. A local taxi driver took … Continue reading

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It’s gonna be a hot hot season

Temperatures are rising as the hot season is rapidly drawing near. It’s not just the number of degrees getting higher – I’m guessing it’s close to 40 Celsius – it’s also the financial situation that’s getting hot for a lot … Continue reading

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