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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If this works, I’m buying a camel

by phil August 20, 2013 Biz

Just a short update on version 2.0 of our restaurant/catering business. Over the past couple of years, I have made less money than I did as a teacher in Washington, DC. But my current income – a combination of writing, online income from affiliates and advertising, and a modest amount from version 1.0 of our […]

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Venya 2.0: Creating a restaurant sur place in Abidjan

by phil August 7, 2013 Biz

I wrote some time ago about our plans to scale up our food business in Abidjan (for previous posts on the biz, see here). After convincing two additional friends to invest in the project, we are beginning to realize those plans. The latest development: we have a location! Up until now, we have been operating […]

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Some thoughts about Mali’s upcoming election

by phil July 22, 2013 Mali

SOTRAMA in Koulikoro. They don’t come more patriotic than this one. Well, it’s going to happen. Despite the fact that many analysts, diplomats and even members of Mali’s own electoral body have expressed doubts over the timing, there it sits on the calendar. July 28th. Six days away. Mali needs a legitimate government. No one […]

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Red Roofs of Yop City Part III: Abbey and Jula

by phil July 8, 2013 Cote D'Ivoire

The following is the 3rd and final part of a piece on Toits Rouges, a neighborhood in the Yopougon quartier of Abidjan. I have spent a lot of time in this neighborhood over the past several years. I hope this offers an accurate picture of that place. See part 1 and part 2 first. If […]

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Personal Update: Travel Plans for July and Updates on Abidjan Food Biz

by phil June 29, 2013 Cote D'Ivoire

On the film set for SOS Democracy sketch comedy that will soon be released. First thing, if you use google reader to read this site, that shit is going away on Monday. There are alternatives, though. Free alternatives. I just switched over to Feedly, and it couldn’t have been more straightforward. In one click, on […]

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