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Happy Holidays, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Happy Holidays

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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Well, it's that time again. Tinsel, carols, cookies, wrapping paper, and last minute shopping. Does that translate over to Benin? Well, not too much, though I will have to do some last minute Christmas shopping today on my meager budget for my host ...

Back to School and Girl's Camp, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Back to School and Girl's Camp

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... Girl's Camp we are going to have this summer. There are Camp GLOWs all around the world, organized by Peace Corps Volunteers. Benin has never had a Camp GLOW before that I know of, though three volunteers did have a girl's camp in Natitingou last ...

Elephants, Oro, and school strikes: a packed entry, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Elephants, Oro, and school strikes: a packed entry

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... still take the vacations if I desire. My mom always comments that I seem to be on vacation here. Well, the truth is: in Benin, like in France, school vacations abound! We are on vacation a lot. This does not mean that we do not work, however. ...

A LONG, detailed account of tro-tros and more, Cotonou, Benin travel blog

A LONG, detailed account of tro-tros and more

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... him that night and that we could stay in his rooms for free the next few days when Jon's family went over to Benin. Such incredible Christmas spirit! Such generosity! This on top of the Takoradi experience brought us to tears that Christmas morning. ...

Backtrack: Voodoo, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Backtrack: Voodoo

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... how to play Spades, and now we play it all the time. Some people already knew how; it is actually a popular game in Benin. Who knew? School was supposed to start on October 2 (with people really showing up on Oct 6), but it has been pushed back due ...

Hodge-podge, N'Dali, Benin travel blog

Hodge-podge

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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The other day I came home from school, walked into my house, and found a chicken bawk-bawking about! It had come in, I assume, through the kitty hole in my back screen door. It certainly made me jump out of my skin when I first discovered it! I shooed ...

Saying Goodbye, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Saying Goodbye

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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... all up over my last couple of weeks in Benin, but if you will be patient and will still be interested in reading about my life in Benin and looking at photos (and maybe some video), I will do my best to fill it out a bit after I get back...keep Benin ...

Random Photos, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Random Photos

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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Success! I finally managed to scan and upload some photos for your enjoyment. Some of them, though, I couldn't quite figure out where to put, so I am adding them here. Go back and look at the previous entries again to see the other photos. ...

Harmitan, Ramadan, a folk tale and School, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Harmitan, Ramadan, a folk tale and School

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... to school early, before the classes begin, to sweep the dirt grounds and the classrooms. Sweeping dirt is actually quite important in Benin. Everyone sweeps the dirt in front of their houses every morning at dawn. In fact, I often wake up to the ...

Swearing in Soon, Lokossa, Benin travel blog

Swearing in Soon

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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... Sacred Forests, and the Temple of the Pythons. I have met and had a question/answer session with the chief of all Voodoo in Benin. My mama took me "au village" near Grand Popo to see a Zangbeto ceremony/dance. I also got my first taste of sodabi that ...

Another quick note, Lokossa, Benin travel blog

Another quick note

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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... road with no problems! We pulled into the parking lot of Paul VI and felt like celebrities (a common theme here in Benin). Current Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs)lined the driveway and clapped, whooped and hollered for us as though we were cyclists in ...

Camp GLOW and more, Cotonou, Benin, Ghana travel blog

Camp GLOW and more

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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... so exhausted because of the camp. The week that my dad was there was packed full of activities. We had a whirlwind tour of Benin! They visited Parakou, N'Dali, Abomey, Lokossa, Ouidah, Ganvié, and Cotonou. In N'Dali, I watched my parents try to pound ...

Ganni, Career Day, and More, Parkakou, Benin travel blog

Ganni, Career Day, and More

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... : Nikki. We were headed to the Ganni festival in hopes of being wowed by glorious horse races and the best traditional dancers in Benin. After rolling into town, we made our way over to the grounds in front of the King of the Baribas' palace. On our ...

More Photos, Parakou, Benin travel blog

More Photos

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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Hello Everyone, I have added some more pictures to the entry about the Peuhl marriage, but it is taking forever to upload them. I wondered if it might be shorter if I uploaded them to a different entry, one that doesn't have any pictures yet. These ...

Ganvie, the Venice of West Africa, and more, Lokossa, Benin travel blog

Ganvie, the Venice of West Africa, and more

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... leaf hats guiding their fish-filled pirogues off to the markets. The tour was very cool and relaxing. For those who may visit Benin one day, I recommend beginning a tour in So-Ava. Make sure to reserve a day for it, and if you don't speak French ...

scorpion story as promised, Parakou, Benin travel blog

scorpion story as promised

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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Excerpt (slightly modified) from my journal on October 02, 2003 I saw a really scary thing last night. I was almost asleep in bed when I heard Victoire banging on my door and calling, "Suzanne! Suzanne!" I answered the door, and she asked me for ...

The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love, Parakou, Benin travel blog

The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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... have a computer camp for professors and teachers this summer! We will see. It is in the VERY early stages, and getting things done in Benin is far from being an easy task. In fact, today, a trip to the bank was the straw that broke the camel's ...

check out photos, Parakou, Benin travel blog

check out photos

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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... is just north of N'Dali. Some of the photos she has on this site are probably very similar to ones I have taken (ex. trip to Ouidah). Anyway, the site is http://www.mbaypreps.com/charline/benin.htm . Go check them out and tell me about them. ...

Staging, Cotonou, and Lokossa, Lokossa, Benin travel blog

Staging, Cotonou, and Lokossa

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I have about ten minutes to give a quick rundown. Of course, I didn't follow my plan to write this out before coming to the internet place, so lower your expectations a little bit. This entry will be far from poetic. So much has happened in the ...

Girls Club, Theatre and Ghana, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Girls Club, Theatre and Ghana

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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Okay, I just saw a goat and her baby stroll right past the door of the internet cafe, with cars roaring past on the paved road nearby. Will I ever get used to these things? I hope not. If I did, I might not have as many easy laughs. Anyway, the ...

Volunteer in N'Dali at last (new address included), Parakou, Benin travel blog

Volunteer in N'Dali at last (new address included)

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... I go to bed a little earlier than usual because of the lack of electricity. The pace here in Benin is much slower. _______________________________________________________ Hello again! I actually wrote the above letter last week and intended on ...

New contact info , Wish List, and more, Parakou, Benin travel blog

New contact info , Wish List, and more

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... I have decided to use my N'Dali address instead. Do not send anything else to Cotonou. It is: Suzanne Kratzig B.P. 30 N'Dali Benin West Africa As for my ongoing wish list, here it is: letters! photos! magazines decent pens (all the ones ...

Ganni once again, Nikki, Benin travel blog

Ganni once again

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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... man called them, by refusing to be converted and finally fleeing Saudi Arabia to go to parts of what is now Nigeria and Benin. Gaani is actually the name of the entire month which begins right around Mohomed's birthday, for that is when Mohomed decided ...

Brace Yourselves, It's a biggie, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Brace Yourselves, It's a biggie

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... , I experienced something that made me hold back my tears as we continued the journey. (Crying is not culturally acceptable in Benin, except under very specific circumstances.) When I sat down in the taxi and squished next to the woman and baby next to ...

Cheese, Women's Day, Soccer, N'Dali, Benin travel blog

Cheese, Women's Day, Soccer

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... can be brought up to N'Dali. I spoke to the postman, and he said that there are places with similar names to N'Dali and Benin in Nigeria, Mauritania, and Sri Lanka. He said to be sure that people don't get confused, use the following address (there is ...

School Strikes, Parakou, Benin travel blog

School Strikes

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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... by the money that the students must pay to go to school (even though school is supposed to be free to all children in Benin). The vacataires have taught classes this year. However, as of last week, the vacataires of N'Dali decided to go on strike as ...

Alive in Africa, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Alive in Africa

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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... all in this together, this stuffy, stinky voyage from N'Dali to Parakou. We were all alive journeying in Benin, West Africa, somewhere between N'Dali and Parakou, and tuning out of that particular journey was pretty difficult. Now that ...

Backtrack to Ouidah and dancing haystacks, Lokossa, Benin travel blog

Backtrack to Ouidah and dancing haystacks

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... . Et voila! I have enough time to email! I have decided to backtrack a bit and talk about some more touristy things in Benin. Ouidah (WEEDUH)is a small city on the Beninese coast. It is famous because it is the sight of departure for many African ...

On Safari in Parc Pendjari, Parakou, Benin travel blog

On Safari in Parc Pendjari

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... . Also, I am trying to wade through over 150 essays written by girls who hope to attend our first Camp G.L.O.W. in Benin. G.L.O.W. stands for Girls Leading Our World. It is a camp that first started with Peace Corps volunteers in Romania. Now, we ...

A quick note, Cotonou, Benin travel blog

A quick note

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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Something that made me smile and laugh out loud today: I was on a zemidjan riding through the streets in Cotonou when a very distinguished looking, white goat passed me. He had a very nice goatee and two long horns that curled back like little buns ...

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