“Christy, these T-shirts…they can’t stay. That ok love?” “Why?” “Well. It’s just… They’re dirty.” I looked at the offending plain white t shirts. Well, previously plain. They were caked in the dust of developing countries and the sweat of char…Read more "Home"
Wierdly, through no express effort of my own, I seemed to be in high demand during my final weekend here. On the Saturday I went to the Internet caf?? to post the few blogs I???d gotten around to writing, presenting the building tourist guide style t…Read more "Stranded under the mango tree"
By this time the sun had long ago said its final goodbye. There was one lantern hanging from a wayward branch that allowed the waitress to cast a large, sporadic shadow over us. Hospice was on his fifth Awayoo (which, when pronounced by a curious …Read more "Discussions under the mango tree – part 2"
Hospice had been working in Djougou for 5 years, and Pierre for 7 months. Both spoke from a position of institutional experience in vastly different fields of work – Pierre in healthcare, Hospice in construction. We started with a topic of which I…Read more "Discussions under the Mango Tree – part 1"
Got my charger back so I can finally start writing again. It???s hard to express just how much that means to me. There???s been a week of no blogs, so I???ll do a little bit of a ???here???s what you missed last time???. BAM Christy and Nina go to a Safari Pa…Read more "Discussions under the Mango Tree – Intro"
Fuck illnesses man. No fun. I???ve just come out of the worst case of the shits I???ve ever had ??? as in, 2 days clean, started feeling pretty good ??? when out of nowhere I can???t stop being sick. As I???m writing this I???m staring through the crack in the …Read more "Day 40"
Today was a nation wide party for Benin! 52 years of independence. 52 years of freedom, everyone cries! (Erm, yeah, if you forget that 17 year blip of military dictatorship under kerekou). Work at the NGO was called off for the day to allow us to …Read more "Day 37"
Well, the lie in got thrown out of the window this weekend. Seeing as I spent the best part of two years with only a vague memory of what the day looks like before 11, getting up at 7 every day has been a killer ??? a killer tolerable only with the …Read more "Day 33/4"
Even though a lot of stuff happened today, I still managed to get a good chunk of my thriller down me. It was almost like I was on holiday. In the morning, I went with Adamou to the painter???s to collect my t-shirts and the banner that I???d paid for…Read more "Day 29"
It???s super annoying, but every morning after I take my weekly anti malaria medicine I become violently ill. Unable to move ill. Force you to stop listening to anything more challenging than the Guillemots ill. It passes eventually though, and I ge…Read more "Day 27"