Category Archives: Feelings

A day at the beach

After a long journey nothing is more pleasant than a good shower, doing some laundry and… a day at the beach to relax! I had scrubbed of the layer of red dust gathered during the bus ride. Laundry had been … Continue reading

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Togo by night

By the time we leave from the border night has fallen. I’m back in the middle of the last line of chairs. Long waits, it still being hot and it being even more packed and crowded, make that I feel … 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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Timbuktu – the other side of the picture

‘They do not tell you everything that is going on. It is not only bad’, a friend tells me. He had left his hometown Timbuktu about two weeks earlier. After having visited us in Segou in February, he had spent … Continue reading

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