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Internet

How difficult it is to check your emails in Togo? Well, it’s all about a bit of luck and being in the right place at the right time! Having been out of reach of Internet for several days one of … Continue reading

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The tailor story

I once had a skirt made in Mali. The fabric was a beautiful colorful local print that I really loved, so I was actually looking forward to wearing the skirt. However it soon became clear that the traditional wraparound skirt … Continue reading

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Best before

suMalians are not used to having stock, other than the rice and millet. Vegetables, meat, spices and cooking oil are bought on a daily basis. Whenever there’s a bit of extra money it will lead to more ingredients or a … Continue reading

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Good news!

‘I have good news’, Moussa informed me by phone ‘the wife has given birth!’ That sure is good news, especially when both mom and child, a daughter in this case, are doing fine. ‘In previous times not everybody was happy … Continue reading

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Good intentions

Mali is a country with a lot of population groups, each of them having their own historical background, some groups sharing some history. History that, although invisible to the eye, is still ingrained in everyday life. It still being the … Continue reading

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Life goes on

At the end of the Ramadan, when Muslims celebrate with their family, I was wondering what that day would be like for our neighboring widow (see a previous blog). Would she be allowed to take part in the celebrations? ‘Of … 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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