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Attieke Land
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Tiny doses of Progress
One of the problems in Bissau is the lack of civic mindedness in the city's residents. It's not uncommon to see an educated person toss an empty can onto the sidewalk, and the city's ditches are packed to the brim with trash. In fairness, there aren't any t...
Tiny doses of Progress
Tiny doses of Progress
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Off to Gambia...
After 4 months in Guinea Bissau, I got my first taste of international travel and headed to Banjul. Staff welfare, yeah, the UN has that, let us take a bus and drive to Gambia. In the process, we crossed a couple of borders (Senegal, then Gambia) and were a...
Off to Gambia...
Off to Gambia...
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Trash collection in Bissau
Guinea Bissau has forced me to start asking myself questions that I'd never really considered before. Since I didn't study IR in college and haven't done any philosophy since high school, I find myself wondering about the state. What is a state's role? How ...
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Food trucks in Bissau
Despite its small size Guinea Bissau is a place where people enjoy good food, and even better partying. Its people are super friendly and its young people incredibly entrepreneurial in the face of few jobs and pretty lackluster training opportunities. My ro...
Food trucks in Bissau
Food trucks in Bissau
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How I ended up in Guinea Bissau
People always ask me how I ended up in Guinea Bissau. Since I don't fit the image that first comes to mind when people imagine aid workers in poverty stricken places -- I am a super urban person, not a fan of summer, terrified of bugs -- I get it. Let's jus...
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How I ended up in Guinea Bissau
People always ask me how I ended up in Guinea Bissau. Since I don't fit the image that first comes to mind when people imagine aid workers in poverty stricken places -- I am a super urban person, not a fan of summer, terrified of bugs -- I get it. Let's jus...
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Quinhamel boat ride
My roommate went to a natural park in the bush to go see chimpanzees, and since I am not an outdoor kind of girl, I stayed behind in Bissau. Luckily, I made it back out to Quinhamel, with a group of colleagues from New York who were in Bissau on mission. On...
Quinhamel boat ride
Quinhamel boat ride
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Bissau Celebrates International Women's Day
Today is international women's day! And in Guinea Bissau, the day is taken very seriously.  The government has organized a march, parade and a series of speeches that the Prime minister will attend. Since I left early, I can't say for sure whether the prime...
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A hippie weekend retreat in Quinhamel
A couple weekends ago, we were lucky enough to be invited to a good friend's weekend retreat cabin a half hour outside of Bissau. We drove out to Quinhamel and tucked behind a little village was this cute little house. I am not an outdoors person, (and wore...
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My Internet Woes
There is a strange feel to Guinea Bissau.  Once you get here, expecting fire and brimstone, caves, and pre There is an expression that says "pour vivre heureux, vivons cachés", which translates roughly to let's live out of public view in order to be happy. ...
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