Category Archives: Food

For the rich only

It must have been late last year when I asked Amadou for his birthday. He had murmured a bit, not mentioning a particular date, stating that birthdays are for the rich only. I had respected his choice of not giving … Continue reading

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The circle of life

Yesterday morning I woke up with the sounds of people screaming and crying and finally a man’s voice trying to calm them down. My sleepy mind noticed this very uncommon situation and I wondered what was going on. In the … Continue reading

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Gardening…

With plenty of room for it, I’ve been dreaming of veggies from my own garden ever since I set foot on this property. Not only me, also Amadou had clear visions of all the veggies and fruits we would be … Continue reading

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Rain..!

Today’s morning luck came as a refreshing rain shower. Dark clouds coming in were the first signs of possible rain. Seeing them I instantly went to a nearby corner store to get myself a bread and some eggs. Not a … Continue reading

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We are not used to that…

Sure enough I’d noticed that something was going on with Amadou and had asked him a couple of times over the past few days if he was okay and if there was something he’d like to talk about. Yes, he … 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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Culture shock

When people talk about culture shock they usually talk about the feeling they encounter when traveling from a first world country to a second or third world country. Another skin color, different habits and ways of living, based on cultural … Continue reading

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Polygamy in daily life

Mali being a Muslim country it is legally accepted for a man to have up to four wives and in daily life you’ll find that many have two and some indeed do have four. It’s allowed by the Koran and … Continue reading

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Why Mali..?

Lizards are running around in the garden, the kitchen and the house, the wind is blowing, covering everything that had just been cleaned with a fresh layer of desert dust, unfamiliar germs attack the immune system, mosquitoes seem to have … Continue reading

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Cooking rice… the Malian way

‘Monique, you did it!’ Amadou brings out approvingly looking at the rice. It took me only about three months to work out how to serve rice in dry recognizable and edible grains… As you may have noticed from previous blog … Continue reading

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