Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb
27

Oui, Oui, Ouidah!

3 faces statue

This weekend, Alainna and I took a shared taxi to the historic beach side township of Ouidah. About an hour west of Cotonou, Ouidah is home to a Musee D’Histoire that was once a Portuguese fort. As the museum’s exhibits showed, I found it interesting  that while it often assumed to be true, Europeans did …

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Feb
20

Abomey: City of Voodoo Kings, Fetishes, and One Cute Chameleon

A and a goat

This weekend I ventured north with three other American girls to the historical town of Abomey. Amanda, Sarah, Alainna and I all come from different parts of the country and have different reasons for being in West Africa, but we had a blast exploring more of the country and it was nice to be around …

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Feb
17

Don’t Eat Like a Rich Kid: My Lesson in Food Etiquette


In the past, I have devoted blogs to what I have been eating in West Africa, but recently I realized it is just as important to share my lessons in how people eat. This realization came to me at the dinner table, when Boris complained that I “eat like a rich person” after noticing that …

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Feb
09

Getting Around Benin: Hiss and Zem.

amanda on zim

Some of you may recall my stories of tro-tros in Ghana. The main mode of public transportation, they were gutted vans that were refit to seat up to 30 people. I learned from my experiences in tro-tros that Ghanaians have very little need for personal space, as I would be crammed next to strangers for …

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Feb
04

First Days in Cotonou…

mbenin

First off, I apologize for the delay in this post. The internet in Benin is even worse than Ghana, if that’s possible. My first week in my new home country has been very educational and exciting. I have learned a little about the history and culture here, and a lot about its public transportation. Benin …

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