Visiting a vocational school in Kenya

Couchsurfing in Nairobi

What a nice welcome at my host! We had Indian food – sitting on the floor. My first time!

Whisky’s Offspring

Born on September 13 this year, five young puppies are now living with us.

Renovation in Totota

Skin-deep success: Liberia (The Economist)

Traditional Cassava fights have begun – Bong County excited!

Never before have the Kpelle people revealed their secret of the traditional Cassava fights to outsiders, until this year, when I stumbled over one of the traditional cassava swords and – puzzled – asked my local friends about its purpose and meaning. The century old tradition of cassava fights takes place as both a functional approach to ease tensions between villages and a rite of passage for young men on the edge of manhood. After successful participation, the young cassava warrior – ca’wa – becomes a formal member of the agricultural group, now being allowed to assist in the annual cassava harvest. During the traditional wars, all other disputes are suspended – a tradition that seems remarkably similar to the Olympic games of ancient Greece. However, it was not possible to reveal the origins of this tradition. The traditional cassava fight is an...

Free Rodney Sieh, free press in Liberia!

A travel back in time

Edward surprised me today with a picture he found while searching for something else. Unfortunately, he can’t remember when it was taken, but looking at the children, and bearing in mind the location (Kpellimue), it can only be 2005. On the very left side, you can see James, and second to the right his sister Naomi. While I am quite used to tons of pictures and other devotional objects about children, this marks indeed a strong contrast! However, I am most happy to have an older picture, and so is James.

Totota – the research community!

Listen to the Tropical Rain

Enjoy 21sec of tropical rain! I am leaving my porch at 0:15 and enter my living room. Last night, it rained from 8pm until 9pm this morning! Pre-Order your 72min CD now! $129.- free shipping.