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“You’d Be Mad Not To” — Must-Visit Places on Crete Late Minute Holidays

by phil September 23, 2014 Stories

A place haunted by myths and shaped by history, the largest of the Greek islands will enchant even non-affiliates with its legends. Once it was the stomping-ground of the mythic Minotaur; today Crete boasts no small number of creatures both in the sea and on the land, with whales, loggerhead turtles and ibex enhancing this […]

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The Wonders of Arbuckle Mountains

by phil June 28, 2014 Stories

Many travelers looking to explore the world–and all of the wonders that it has to offer–are on a constant search for the extraordinary. They set their sights on the cities and landmarks that offer an experience unlike anything else on the planet, one that will remain nestled in their memories for years and years to […]

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The Phone Cabin World

by phil May 19, 2014 Stories

Phone cabin in Abidjan at 2AM When this amount of time elapses between posts, I feel like I should write something really groundbreaking. That may not be the case here. A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that running a restaurant affords a certain familiarity with the neighborhood. One feature of our neighborhood, of every […]

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Getting hitched

by phil March 19, 2014 Stories

Bit of personal news here. I recently got engaged to Ms. Bintou Sagara. That goes towards explaining the light posting. That and the running a restaurant thing. Will share some more details in the coming weeks. No wedding planned yet, but for the relatively exclusive group of folks that still read this semi-dormant site, you […]

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Somehow all these things happened in 2013

by phil January 8, 2014 Stories

The year began with death. According to Arouna, Maimouna was killed by “cold air.” Whatever happened, it was an inauspicious start to the year. And then Ansar Dine arrived in Konna and France went to war in Mali. During this time, state television station ORTM began a support the troops campaign that ran every 15 […]

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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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