Author Archives: MoInMali

About MoInMali

Monique is the founder of Papillon Reizen, a Mali based travel agency specialized in inspiring journeys in Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. Fair-trade and with a heart for people, environment and culture. Small-scale group journeys as well as family trips and journeys tailored to your wishes. We love to share West Africa's beauty with you and take you on a journey to experience rather than to see. Monique lives in Mali with her Malian partner and shares some of her daily life experiences with you through this blog. For information on Papillon Reizen:

Dogon Country and Djenné road trip

‘That’s mine’, she stated with naughty twinkling eyes, snatching another piece of chicken. I can’t help laughing out loud. There’s no doubt about it, Ibrahim’s grand mother is clearly enjoying the macaroni and chicken dinner. Time flies, and even though … Continue reading

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8 March

‘You will be taking the day off tomorrow, won’t you?”, Ibrahim asked me on Monday. ‘Why would I be taking the day off tomorrow?”, I asked him in surprise. “I’m having a day off today.” The 8th of March always … Continue reading

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Time is a funny thing

Time is what we make of it. Our thoughts about time create our truth and they may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Continue reading

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Visiting the King

When being on a voyage of discovery in Africa, lots of things, especially the unexpected are likely to happen. Visiting an area that in previous times was known for its huge iron ovens, we decide to pay it a visit … Continue reading

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‘It’s forbidden. It’s forbidden’, the girl whispers, gesturing us to walk faster. Some days just turn out to be very different from what you’d thought they would be, like the day I woke up in a hotel in a Togolese … Continue reading

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Dress code

Traveling to faraway countries often comes with a manual in terms of behavior and clothes. While in Burkina Faso I frequently noticed tourists that were scantily dressed. This being quite opposite to what I tend to do and what we … Continue reading

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Wherever I have traveled over the years, I have always encountered people that were proud at their country for one or another reason. How different Burkina Faso is! ‘Mali has all the beautiful things (except for the war!). Benin, Togo … Continue reading

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