Category Archives: Culture

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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Crocodile Country

Crocodiles… there is something about these huge reptiles that impresses me and fills me with immense respect, resulting in a desire to not disturb them! Crocodiles are considered sacred animals in several areas in West Africa. I know of some … Continue reading

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The King has passed away

A deserted feeling surrounds the royal palace in Kokologho. A little bit disappointed we stand in front of the closed gate. No children are to be seen running around, just a few adults walking around. A neighboring woman with a … Continue reading

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Back on African soil

I breath in the air, a sultry midnight breeze touches my skin, taxi drivers, phone card sellers and money-dealers swarm around me looking for a chance to earn some money. Looking around for Ibrahim, I take in all the impressions, … Continue reading

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Plague or blessing?

‘There are some large green insects on the mosquito net. You know, the ones that jump and eat the crops’, I explain to Ibrahim, being too tired to even remember the French word for grasshoppers. Even though I do not … Continue reading

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