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Fomu

Never before have I filled in as many forms as I have here. Usually these forms are asking for the same details. Even within one institution, like a bank or…


A walk in Bongo

One of my typical days of here in Bongo I cannot imagine happening anywhere else. While out for a walk, I’m offered a lift so I pass by the¬†expensive supermarket…


The hope of good sales

Often I’m amazed at the seemingly relaxed attitude of people doing business on the roads, all hoping for a good sale. To me it looks like a real tough and…


As it comes

Taking things as they come is a good approach in daily life, especially here. Plans and intentions are always there — but the next phase is a gamble. The most…



Tolori or Toroli?

Swahili is widely considered a Bantu language that existed long before interaction with other cultures. Once the Arab and Persian traders arrived on the East African coasts it developed into…



Household wildlife

Living in a tropical climate means there is an abundance of life in and around the house. I’m not talking about the Big Five but rather the small thousands or…


Too old?

Nothing here is too old to make do. I’m often impressed to see the tools and contraptions being used by people in a creative way and although not necessarily according…


Waiting for the dust to settle

Waiting for the dust to settle. I don’t know if there is an expression for this in Swahili but it certainly seems a relevant and helpful attitude. At the end…