Category Archives: Business

You shouldn’t!

‘Monique, you shouldn’t treat me like this, there are other ways to deal with me’, Mr. X said. ‘I shouldn’t treat you like this? You shouldn’t treat me like this! You’re not taking me serious, but I’ll make sure you’re … Continue reading

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First times

Do you remember the first time you saw an asphalt road? Or the first time you saw a multiple story building? Probably not, since you were raised in an environment where these were so common that you have known them … Continue reading

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Post office challenges

Heaving a deep sigh, she bends her head over the scale. It is rather worn out and it’s probably not her first challenge with the oh so necessary piece of post office equipment. It’s not the first time I’m witnessing … Continue reading

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The white gold

Depending on where in the world you are and who you talk to, white gold may have a different meaning. When in Burkina Faso, white gold usually refers to cotton. Cotton is quite a popular crop for farmers in several … Continue reading

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Welcome to Togo

I’ve crossed quite a few borders and no two border crossings were the same. Some were easy, some were challenging, others were a lot of fun. The border crossing from Burkina Faso to Togo added a new experience. I was … Continue reading

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Quiet Segou

Segou, by many a tourist, known as the laid-back city at the Niger riverbank has been hit hard by the crisis. About 80% of all souvenir shops in the city center have closed down and the usually bustling Monday market … Continue reading

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Endings & beginnings

I admit being guilty of blog neglect! And other than having been quite busy with other things there are no excuses. We did some traveling, unexpectedly had to move places, before being fully settled we were immersed in the annual … Continue reading

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Malian accuracy

It’s been a while since I switched banks and by now my bank identity card as well as my debit card should be ready. Having some money matters to arrange also I went to the bank. You could say that … Continue reading

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Independence day

Yesterday Mali celebrated its 51st year of independence (from France). Traditionally this day comes with festivities in several cities and villages. Macina’s annual event on the 22nd of September is a pirogue race in which several communities stride for the … Continue reading

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Energy consuming -2-

Having made those nice Excel-spreadsheets I mentioned a while ago, and finding the energy and time to visit the water & electricity company turned out to be just the start of an even more energy consuming process. All numbers and … Continue reading

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