Category Archives: Business

That’s the way it is

Over time I’ve suggested a couple of times to Amadou to open a bank account and start saving up a bit of money. The answer has always been the same: ‘All banks are thieves, they just take your money. No … Continue reading

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He made it!

A substantial part of the Malian population lives in villages. Most of this villages still have no running water or electricity and daily life focuses on the basic needs. Agriculture is all around and the villagers are more or less … Continue reading

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The Ramadan blues…

Every religion and way of living comes with its particularities. The Muslim religion for instance comes with five prayers a day and 30 days of fasting called Ramadan. Mali being an about 90% Muslim country, life has changed from one … Continue reading

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The dry season…

The hot season, also known as the dead season, came to an end. Temperatures dropped, spirits rose and hope was all around. ‘Soon the tourists will arrive and we’ll be making our living again!’ I’ve heard it from many a … Continue reading

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Energy consuming..?!

Mali does not (yet) work with a system of an annual bill for water and electricity. Every month a man knocks at the door to read the meters. Even though he does have some electronic device to register the numbers, … Continue reading

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Printing the Malian way

When being in Mali, do it the Malian way, including the company related stuff. So, I already had ordered a stamp, since for Malians no paper is a valid paper if it doesn’t have at least one stamp and a … Continue reading

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The fridge story

Some things are as common in the west as they are uncommon in Mali. Take for instance a simple thing as a fridge. I don’t know of a family in a western country that doesn’t have a fridge in their … Continue reading

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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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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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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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