This is just another love song

Coming from West Africa and straight into South East Asia kind of just stresses the differences between the two. Though both continents have similarities as all the post colonial countries do, similarities created by years of oppression and neglect, inequalities and neo colonialism, corruption and material as well as philosophical stagnation. (All of these are…

From Guinea to Guinea – neighbours though worlds apart

After a few stumbling, rambling, intense months through the most inaccessible and non-touristic places I’ve been to it is time to move out of this continent. With lots of love and new experiences adventure continues in other parts of this old blue planet of ours. West Africa did sure leave it’s mark on me. Guinea-Bissau…

Some places got bigger issues

After Mali which to no surprise enchanted us completely we left for the often ignored and badly reputed Guinea, or Guinea-Conakry as one says to separate it from its neighbouring Guinea-Bissau. Guinea has had its toll of problems, with Ebola as the latest nouveau-friss, a big scare. Though our guidebook ambitioned to include all West…

Mali – like nothing you’d expected

Mali. The ancient civilisation who caused the whole of North Africa to plunge into deflation when gifting the king of Egypt with a tiny bit of their gold reserve. Mali, with the mystical collection of thousand year old literature never copied or digitally preserved. Mali. A collection of forests, waterfalls, savannah and deserts. Mali. With…

Senegal – it still matters if you’re black or white

When in The Gambia everybody warned us about the hustling hustlers of Senegal. How they could turn violent and intimidating and they wouldn’t leave us alone up there. That The Gambia is the much more relaxed culture of the two. However, since we wouldn’t be left alone for two seconds straight anywhere in The Gambia,…

The travellers dilemma

The short week spent in The Gambia came to an impulsive end. It is a beautiful country and actually most of the people we gave the benefit of a doubt proved to be mostly helpful and resourceful. Banjul is one of the most neglected capitals I have seen, and through the stinky, pot holed, garbage…

The Gambia – the experience

When entering the Gambia you are immediately received by sign post commercials about the smiling coast, the relaxed vibe boasting the countries uniqueness amongst the to some extent troubled Western Africa. People themselves throw the slogans around like it’s more a part of the culture than should it have been made up by a copywriter…

If I stay here, trouble will find me

A coincidence, that song by The National appears on my playlist as I sit down to write this first blog post in more than a year, on my last evening in my own apartment. My apartment which is now tucked away in cardboard boxes, neatly cleaned and sterilised for someone else to operate in this…