Neighbour’s Monkey

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Crafting for Christmas

Can you see the difference?

How phone calls and internet work in Liberia

Living in the Liberian hinterland bears challenges you can’t expect unless you’re there. One example is communication. While the internet connection is pretty stable and strong enough for emails and occasional surfing, you’re totally disconnected from Skype, YouTube and larger file downloads (there are means to overcome that, usually involving fiddling around with a server I run in Germany caching data for me and downloading it over night, but it’s still a hassle). But when it comes to phone calls, things get difficult. Of course, I can choose to make my phone calls from my normal cellphone. But as Germany is not a focus country of Liberia, I don’t profit from the 5ct/min price to the US, UK, Canada, India and China. Instead, I have to pay 40ct/min – which is still ok compared to the opposite direction (roughly 3€/min), but still expensive. Imagine a...

Tiny dogs in my yard

A few garden images

Renovation in Totota

Oktoberfest in Totota

Trying hard to integrate, some days remain special – such as this little Oktoberfest lunch, marking the tip of Liberia’s imported food. Can you be less integrated? Living far away from home does not necessarily imply to miss out everything. So we had our own Oktoberfest lately in Totota – with Weisswurscht, Brez’n and süßem Senf. And of course Franziskaner! James did not like the mustard, but the sausage. Yet he thought me to be stupid by peeling it. Although this makes me happy on one side, it reminds me of the huge accumulated needs this country and many others have to overcome in terms of self-sustained food. I don’t expect Liberia to produce Weißwurst or mustard (Senf), but everything is imported – even rice. So far, I can do only little: Encourage people to grow food, and grow my own greens, beans and corn. At...

A TV Evening in Totota

Upper row: Sebastian, Lauren, James, Brent Lower row: Romeo (partly), Junior.