Category Archives: Energy

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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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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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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Little Mohammed

‘Monique! Monique!’ A little boy is running as fast as his short legs can go, while calling my name again and again. His big brown eyes express a mixture of pure surprise, happiness and disbelieve. Even though I am on … Continue reading

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Bustling Bamako

Mali is suffering. Last year’s drought, the rebellion in the North and the coup d’etat, all of them have contributed to the freefall of the Malian economy. Tourists as well as foreign NGO-workers have become a rarity and prices for … Continue reading

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Bus journeys the Malian way…

‘I am no more going to travel on a Bittar bus!’, I firmly stated again to Ibrahim. And he finally agreed that indeed they were no more the best busses on the road. It’s not that they don’t have good … Continue reading

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Peace and war

‘Tens of thousands of Malians are fleeing, seeking shelter in neighbouring countries and more are crossing the borders each day.’ Sentences like these can be read in international and Malian newspapers on an almost daily basis. The Tuareg rebellion has … Continue reading

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Painting the Malian way…

One of our guestrooms had cracks in the walls. So, we invited the plasterer to solve the problem and ‘close the insect door’. Of course we knew we would have to paint the walls after that. A job I intended … 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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