December 2005

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Picture This

Niger river at sunsetNiger river at sunset

For those of you living under a meter and a half of snow, here are some tropical pictures of my trip to Niger a couple of weeks ago to warm you up a bit.

Banana treeBanana tree

If you want proof that Niger is a warm country: they grow bananas in their own gardens, something you rarely see in Belgium.

Bridge over the Niger river in NiameyBridge over the Niger river in Niamey

Jingle Balls, Jingle Balls…

The deed is done. Our tomcats are tomcats no more. Their jingly bits are no longer jingling. That’s right folks, we had them castrated. There was little choice in the matter, we have two tomcats in an apartment (although a rather large one), so the risk that they would start spraying to mark their territory was very real. When tomcats spray, the smell is awful, so it was a matter of self protection. In the age old battle between the interests of furniture and cats, the furniture won again.

Hippy Barthday

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday tooo meeeeee...

Yes, that's right folks. I'm a year older, none the wiser and still a child at heart. Oh, who am I kidding, I'm getting old very fast. On the way between 30 and 40 I'm almost half way through, or 34 to be precise.

And if that was not depressing enough, I've 'celebrated' my birthday in Congo, very far away from my loved one. Boooohooohooooo! Snif!

Child Care At Maximum Velocity

It was the driver who noticed them, a father crying, holding his son in his arms. The child was about five years old and unconscious, lying limp in his fathers arms. They had to get to the hospital quickly. Not self-evident in Kinshasa, especially if you don't have transport yourself. And not at all if you're poor, like these people evidently were.

Shocking !

he weekend's passed and I'm still alive, big success! It started to rain like it can only rain in the tropics and it's really humid. This creates an additional challenge, because the electrical wires here are buried only a couple of centimetres/inches below the ground. And they're very bad quality. So when the soil's wet, you run a serious risk of getting electrocuted.

Bar(t) Fight

So what's better than having a nice cold beer after some three hours of trains and eight hours of plane?

Off To Congo

You know the drill; you’ll be able to follow my brave explorations in this unknown corner of the world through Haloscan (the comments below this post), IF and when I’m able to access the internet there. If not, see you after the 18th of December.

Two Birthdays And A Wedding

I know I landed in Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport a week ago, but it feels like I didn’t even touch the ground since then. It’s been one big rush from one place to the other ever since to arrange things for my trip to Congo and to organise the wedding. My (girlfriend) fiancée was totally panicking when she called me two days after I’d left the country because the place where our wedding party was going to take place would be sold.

Freezing My Arse Off

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The blazing heat of Niger already is a long lost memory. These days it’s cold here in Belgium. Not Nordic –20°C but dry and sunny so rather enjoyable cold. No, it’s the real North Sea humid –5°C bone chilling grey skies cold. It’s that kind of cold that no amount of warm clothing seems to be able to block. You just freeze, no matter what you do.