Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul
31

Ganvie: The ‘Venice of Africa’.. (kinda.)

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A city built on the water is familiar to us all in the Western world. Venice, Italy is a watery, romantic wonderland that lures lovers of ancient scenery from around the world. Ganvie, found a few miles outside my home city of Cotonou, is like that. But instead of  gondolas and hot Italians, we have …

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Jul
25

Would You Like a Side of Amoebas with That?

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Warning to my readers: What I am about to talk about is gross. Really gross.  Bodily functions, little critters living inside the human body, poop, etc.  If choose not to read this blog, I won’t be offended. If you do, don’t judge me for what I write. I am only doing it because I want …

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Jul
19

The Key to International Diplomacy? Karaoke! (duh.)

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A Dutch contractor,  a Japanese surgeon, a Russian diplomat, a few Beninese locals , and four Americans walk into a bar…. No, it’s not a bad joke, it’s just your average Saturday night in Cotonou.. Last weekend, my friend Claire , Will, Wesley (also Embassy folks) and I joined with our local Beninese crew to …

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