Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mali tailored to your wishes

It’s just a while ago that we added the tailor-made option to the Papillon Reizen website and apparently it does meet people’s needs! Not everybody is looking for a group journey and if they do, the dates might just not … Continue reading

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No more Made in China!

It was on Christmas day when the last plumber left the house at 5pm, after having fixed the last leaking toilet. What a blessing it was to hear no more dripping in any of the bathrooms and what a blessing … Continue reading

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Love in Mali

‘Monique, you don’t find true love in Mali’, both Amadou and Ibrahim have stated more than once. ‘A man may love his woman, but the chances of the woman marrying a man out of love are quite low’, was added … Continue reading

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Are you afraid?

‘Are you afraid to travel up North?’, a visitor asked me today. ‘No’, I answer honestly, ‘not at all.’ Both he and his brother develop wide grins on their faces. ‘Good’, they nod, ‘because there’s nothing to be afraid of. … Continue reading

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Why Mali..?

Lizards are running around in the garden, the kitchen and the house, the wind is blowing, covering everything that had just been cleaned with a fresh layer of desert dust, unfamiliar germs attack the immune system, mosquitoes seem to have … Continue reading

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Vampires and witches…

‘Amadou, do you believe in vampires?’, a guest staying at my house asked. Amadou looks at him with a puzzled faint smiling face as if he’s wondering how anyone could possibly be so ignorant. With a tone of disbelief in … Continue reading

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Cooking rice… the Malian way

‘Monique, you did it!’ Amadou brings out approvingly looking at the rice. It took me only about three months to work out how to serve rice in dry recognizable and edible grains… As you may have noticed from previous blog … Continue reading

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