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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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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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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Worrying signs in Mali and a bonus travel guide: Bamako on $2 a day

by phil January 31, 2014 Mali

I am back in Mali after almost 7 months in Abidjan, the longest break since I first starting coming here in 2010. I tried to come back sooner, but the restaurant took over and I repeatedly postponed the trip. I am here now, savoring the last days of Mali’s winter, spending time with friends, catching […]

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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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