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added on 15/07/2008 by: Haike Spiller
Grew up in West-Berlin, spend 23 years in New York City, found the man of my dreams in Timbuktu, and moved to Mali with him! Read my blog to see how a feminist, atheist, cosmopolitan New York career woman is faring in Bamako ....

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Fight the War on Terror - for just 10 Bucks!  Posted on 12/07/2011
Dear Friends,We are saddened and shocked by the recent events here in Mali. In case you have not heard, five Europeans were kidnapped last month (a first), and one tragically lost his life when he resisted. One incident was in Hombori, a...
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Thank goddess for Islamic full veils!  Posted on 10/04/2011
This is Ami. (It may not be her real name.) She arrives at our house every morning at seven. I open the door for her, she enters and empties the two laundry baskets that we have, and takes everything behind the house. There is a tiled...
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Blog Revival  Posted on 07/14/2010
Bamako, MaliJuly 14, 2010It has been over five years ago that I first visited Mali. I was about to turn 40, and I felt that the occasion called for something out of the ordinary. A friend of my parents had recently become director of Peace...
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How I got my Malian driver’s license  Posted on 03/18/2009
My New York State driver’s license was due to expire on my birthday in January. Renewing it by mail presented with some logistical difficulties, and I got it into my head that I would get a Malian license. True, many bureaucratic...
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The Customer is Queen  Posted on 11/29/2008
The customer is queenI have a little raggedy gas stove in our kitchen, which is connected to a big gas container. Every couple of months the gas will run out, inevitably in the middle of cooking. Then we have to unhook the container and...
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Malian Love Stories – Part 3  Posted on 04/27/2008
Oumou was in seventh or eight grade when she met Reesa. Reesa was much older -he was her math teacher- and she was flattered by the attention he paid her. He was single, he came from a respected family in Timbuktu, and was always very...
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Malian Love Stories - Part 2  Posted on 02/09/2008
It was Sunday morning, and we were having coffee on the terrace. Malé’s phone rang, and as he was responding to the call I could tell –even though he was speaking Bambara- that the news was upsetting. When he finished...
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Malian Love Stories - Part 1  Posted on 01/22/2008
My neighbor Moussa lives next door with his mother, his wife, and their children. His wife is beautiful, and the mother to his two daughters and toddler son. Like him, she is Peul. She has a nose that is long and curved, and the longest...
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Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!  Posted on 11/03/2007
As I am sitting on the terrace, ice coffee in hand, watching the cats play in the garden, some music in the background, pondering my life, it almost feels like I am in a very familiar place (New York, Berlin, Santa Fe, …), and not...
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Dear Uncle in Timbuktu!  Posted on 08/06/2007
Dear Uncle in Timbuktu! I apologize for just now finding the time to write to you … Malé and I have been very busy, but this weekend I finally had some quiet time, and wanted to take the opportunity to give you an update, and...
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  • jaky 29 January 2012 11:27:11

    J'ai trouvé très intéressant votre blog. Je suis tombée moi-même amoureuse du mali par la rencontre de maliens et maliennes avec qui j'ai lié une amitié très forte au point que ns venons de créer une asso. avec une intervention ds la région de gao;
    En avril, je me rends à bamako et très probablement à Tombouctou où j'ai des connaissances; je souhaiterai bien vous rencontrer.
    Bon courage et j'espère à notre rencontre....

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