Cote D’Ivoire

Some thoughts on the World Cup from Abidjan

by phil June 12, 2014 Cote D'Ivoire

Previously: In 2010, I left hobart street in Washington DC for Accra, Ghana. I arrived one day before the Black Stars were to face off with Uruguay in the quarter finals of the World Cup. You can read about that here. Four years later, I am in Abidjan, and I’m throwing all my weight behind […]

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Neglected Photos from Mali and Cote d’Ivoire

by phil June 5, 2014 Cote D'Ivoire

I thought these photos could use a home on the internet, so here they are. Pretty typical scene at Djigui Koro, one of the best bars in Bamako. Somebody buys a case of beer and everyone digs in. This is a very efficient way to order. Bintou on the banks of the Niger in Segou. […]

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Saturday morning at the garbadrome, travel plans, customers that have had too much to drink

by phil April 19, 2014 Cote D'Ivoire

Despite living in a restaurant, I do try to eat out every now and again. And sometimes eating out means going to the garbadrome. Garba is the all purpose, fill-you-up, working class meal of Abidjan. The standard portion costs 50-60 cents and consists of attieke (granulated fermented casava. Looks a bit like couscous, and it […]

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Observations after a month of running a restaurant in Abidjan

by phil December 18, 2013 Biz

Here are a few observations and lessons learned from nearly two months of running a full service restaurant in Abidjan. Running a restaurant is a great way to meet people. Among our regulars, we have the captain of ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire’s most storied club football team). We have Monsieur Kedjenou, an extremely well-read Anglo-Ivorian […]

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Open for Business

by phil November 6, 2013 Biz

Around the end of each month, you start to see a few more armored trucks than usual rolling around Abidjan. They are filled with cash and on their way to supply banks and ATMs with the monthly salaries of workers who find themselves in the formal economy. Some people are paid around the 24th and […]

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A Cocktail Shaker and 10 meters of Fabric in Adjame Market

by phil October 3, 2013 Cote D'Ivoire

If you want to tropicalize yourself (you should do this at some point in your life), Abidjan in August might not be the place to do so. The rainy season lingers, the sky is gray, and cold showers – normally a relief – leave you breathless. As a pale tubabu, I embrace the grayness and […]

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