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  • Wow-termelons and Sacred Arch

    Wow-termelons and Sacred Arch

    Dear Family,It's nearing the end of September in Bamako, and the weather is staying relatively cool (upper 80s) with some days of intense heat.  We’ve been here nearly 8 months, and our air conditioners have stayed on for that whole period.The rai…
    - 20 Sep 15, 4:11pm -
  • Eid in Bamako, South Africa and Future Visits

    Eid in Bamako, South Africa and Future Visits

    Dear Families,It's been a while since we've sent you an update, so here it is! Dorothee and I have been doing well, and are getting well acclimated to Mali at this point. We've made lots of friends, and are continually involved in many routine activi…
    - 20 Sep 15, 3:57pm -
  • Shopreate and Other Wonders of Bamako

    Shopreate and Other Wonders of Bamako

    Dear Family,Hope all is well. We decided to take our Sunday to do our monthly update on our blogs, Facebook, and with our families. So here's our monthly update! We have been doing well. Dorothee has adjusted a little better now, and is getting mo…
    - 20 Sep 15, 3:54pm -
  • Fresh Chairs

    Fresh Chairs

    Getting chairs recovered in Africa.  Fast and cost effective.Step 1: dismantle chairs with son on porchStep 2: sew fabric and piping for chair seatStep 3: bask in resultsStep 4: arrange around the table and invite friends over for brunchA girl's adv…
    - 6 Jun 15, 2:07pm -
  • Fresh Lettuce

    Fresh Lettuce

    I was craving fresh lettuce for weeks, and complaining to Adeel about it.  So he went straight to the source -- a lettuce field...And he bought three humongous bags.  Which, if we ate lettuce exclusively, could feed the both of us for weeks.From Ad…
    - 6 Jun 15, 1:26pm -
  • Bouillie, Dried Mangoes, and Cashew Apples

    Bouillie, Dried Mangoes, and Cashew Apples

    BouilleMalian dishes vary from region to region, but the staples are normally rice, millet, sorghum and fonio (a fine-grained cereal found in Africa). These are served with sauces of fish, meat or vegetables. Grains are often used to make porridges;…
    - 17 May 15, 3:43pm -

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  • Evolution of a Man Bun

    Evolution of a Man Bun

    I told Adeel early on upon our arrival that I really like Man Buns.  This is a prime specimen for example:SourceAdeel has been a great sport and indulged me in my preference.  He's been working diligently on growing his own man bun.Back in January…
    - 17 May 15, 3:10pm -
  • Chickens and Heat in Mali

    Chickens and Heat in Mali

    We've been here nearly 6 weeks in the height of the hot season.  It's been a bit rough to go from -10c in Washington DC to almost 110c in Bamako.Apparently, it's rough on the local chickens here too.  The price of chicken (whole, breasts etc) is a…
    - 17 May 15, 9:51am -
  • Finding Our Way Around Bamako

    Finding Our Way Around Bamako

     Adeel, being cool Mobile hand-washing stations set up in nearly all restaurant, following the Ebola oubreak Our eggs come with extra chicken goo and feathers Goats and donkeys roam free in the city Hashing (a running and walking group) is a gre…
    - 12 Apr 15, 2:37pm -
  • Things to do in Bamako: Les Mercredis du Patio (Concerts at the French Institute)

    Things to do in Bamako: Les Mercredis du Patio (Concerts at the French Institute)

    Every Wednesday evenings, the Institut Francais holds concerts in its little restaurant.  Yesterday, we went to listen to Djeneba et Fousco, a group from Kayes, a city in Western Mali.Even though I was exhausted (I have been averaging about 5 hours…
    - 6 Apr 15, 6:55pm -
  • Dairy in Africa

    Dairy in Africa

    One of the things I was dreading about going to Mali, was the lack of dairy products.  Being 1/2 French, cheese, milk, crème fraiche and all derivatives thereof are nectars of the Gods to me.  In Senegal and Congo, I remember not being able to g…
    - 6 Apr 15, 6:53pm -
  • Update from Bamako, Week 3

    Update from Bamako, Week 3

    Dear Family,Hope you all are doing well. We wanted to send you an update about our life in Bamako. This is our third week here, and we are starting to discover the lay of the land. Though we live in a pretty sheltered neighborhood, with a small poo…
    - 5 Apr 15, 7:06pm -
  • We've Moved to Mali!

    We've Moved to Mali!

    My husband and I recently moved to Mali!  Here's our first email to the families:First ImpressionsIt's been a week and we like Bamako so far. Bamako is a bustling small city, full of motor cycles, women in Boubous, road-side vegetable stands, and ki…
    - 5 Apr 15, 6:41pm -
  • You Got Mail!

    You Got Mail!

    The nice thing about being in Africa this time around is that:1) I'm not an intern and thus receiving a real salary2) I've moved here with my husband so I have an instant friend3) I have access to mail services at the Embassy!SourceWe have access to…
    - 26 Mar 15, 8:33am -
  • Watching Turtles Nest

    Watching Turtles Nest

    The village of Tortugero is renowned for its 22 km of beach where turtles from Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama come to give birth every year. The season for birthing is nearly over, but we took a tour and managed to see a few of them "doing their th…
    - 27 Sep 14, 1:27pm -
  • Tortugero - Between Canals and the Sea

    Tortugero - Between Canals and the Sea

    Tortugero is a small village, renowned for its beaches where 3 different kinds of turtle lay their eggs from the May to August period.  At this time, some of the baby turtles have hatched and are moving between the sea and their nests daily.Tortuger…
    - 26 Sep 14, 1:54pm -
  • Our Costa Rica Trip Map so Far

    Our Costa Rica Trip Map so Far

    A girl's adventures in Africa, then back in the United States, then back to Africa again
    - 25 Sep 14, 9:55pm -
  • Day 5 - Jaguar Rescue Center

    Day 5 - Jaguar Rescue Center

    Here's a review of the highlight of our day (left on Trip Advisor):5 out of 5 starsYou should first know that it is unlikely you will see Jaguars at the Rescue Center. It is owned by a Spanish couple who are Biologists, settled in the area, and began…
    - 25 Sep 14, 1:28am -
  • Day 4 - Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Day 4 - Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Aaaaand it's another early morning start to get a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.  Evidently, the 6:15 a.m. bus ride is not a terribly popular time (as evidenced by the absence of people at the stop).Upon our arrival to the hotel, we embark immedi…
    - 23 Sep 14, 11:41pm -
  • Day 3 - Cahuita

    Day 3 - Cahuita

    We wake again at dawn to take a 4-hour ride to the Caribbean Coast to the small beach town of Cahuita.  After a heart-stopping mistake in bus terminals, and rushing through the streets of San Jose, we get to the right place, board the bus, and exper…
    - 23 Sep 14, 11:40pm -
  • Day Two - Ziplining near Miramar

    Day Two - Ziplining near Miramar

    The next day, we got picked up bright and early (again, sigh) for a two hour ride to Adventure Park near Miramar for a day of ziplining.  After a zigzagging road, we embark on the adventure.  It's best left to what's said on the lodge's description…
    - 22 Sep 14, 2:11am -
  • Our (hopefully) Exotic Costa Rica Vacation

    Our (hopefully) Exotic Costa Rica Vacation

    We decided to go to a new country for vacation!  We'd heard so much about Costa Rica that we decided to give it a shot for a week.All packed and ready to go at 3:00 a.m. for our 6:00 a.m. flight.  Oh what a joy...And though we seem all bright eyed…
    - 21 Sep 14, 11:58am -
  • Mandarin Cake

    Mandarin Cake

    Ever since watching The Wonderful Life of Walter Mitty, I've been craving Mandarin Cake. Finding none anywhere and being particularly desperate, I started preparing one as soon as I woke up on Saturday (sadly at about 6:30 am.)Now you must understand…
    - 14 Jun 14, 12:06pm -
  • Ephesus

    Ephesus

    Sigh.  There were so many interesting sights last weekend, when traveling down the Western Coast of Turkey, that if I tried to write them all here, I would be discouraged before even starting.So let me talk about the best sight near Izmir, and mo…
    - 17 Oct 13, 6:38pm -
  • Gaziantep

    Gaziantep

    On October 6, 2013, I spent a good part of the week in Gaziantep, a city of about 1.8 million, located not too far from the Syrian border.  I walked in the old city market, full of tin spice grinders; dried red peppers on a string (looking like enor…
    - 13 Oct 13, 6:44pm -
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