Category Archives: Papillon Reizen

Safety guaranteed?

‘How can you guarantee safety?’ was a question I recently received by email. The sender was talking about journeying in Mali, more specific about the journeys we offer in Mali and the safety of our guests. I was fascinated by … Continue reading

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Tolerance

Mali is well-known as a country, where the different ethnic groups peacefully live together. There have been the incidental Tuareg uprisings in the past, but with the latest peace pact that seemed to have come to an end. Seemed to, … Continue reading

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Endings & beginnings

I admit being guilty of blog neglect! And other than having been quite busy with other things there are no excuses. We did some traveling, unexpectedly had to move places, before being fully settled we were immersed in the annual … Continue reading

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Malian accuracy

It’s been a while since I switched banks and by now my bank identity card as well as my debit card should be ready. Having some money matters to arrange also I went to the bank. You could say that … 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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Fintigila

About 50 kilometers from Ségou, right at the Bani river, in the countryside, is where the village of Fintigila is situated. A hidden treasure not yet affected by modern times. The nearest school is in the next village. Too far … Continue reading

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Independence day

Yesterday Mali celebrated its 51st year of independence (from France). Traditionally this day comes with festivities in several cities and villages. Macina’s annual event on the 22nd of September is a pirogue race in which several communities stride for the … Continue reading

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The dry season…

The hot season, also known as the dead season, came to an end. Temperatures dropped, spirits rose and hope was all around. ‘Soon the tourists will arrive and we’ll be making our living again!’ I’ve heard it from many a … Continue reading

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Printing the Malian way

When being in Mali, do it the Malian way, including the company related stuff. So, I already had ordered a stamp, since for Malians no paper is a valid paper if it doesn’t have at least one stamp and a … 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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