Category Archives: Culture

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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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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Forbidden!

‘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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Pride

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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Being negative…

One of the attendants of the voodoo festival in Aneho is a man, who has painted his entire body in bright green with yellow and red decorations, presenting the Togolese flag. His act is quite a funny one. Or should … Continue reading

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Diving into local culture

By the time we leave for Aneho I’ve only spent about 24 hours in Togo, but it feels much longer. Togo has been added to the shortlist of countries I instantly felt at home and at ease. Based on so … 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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It’s all about the right time

Sometimes in life it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Having applied for a visa for Togo and Benin the day before, I couldn’t resist stepping by Ouagadougou’s immigration office when we passed by. Wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Africa’s cleanest city

Coming straight from Europe I hadn’t really noticed it at first. Apparently I had so gotten used again to clean streets, that it seemed normal for the streets of Ouagadougou to be clean too. And if it weren’t for Yves … Continue reading

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