Parisian keepsakes

I’ve been missing Paris a lot lately. Talking with friends from the program, I think we all are. At some level it feels like a distant dream that is impossible to reach or recover. On the other hand, it feels tantalizingly close, like we can blink and be back among the boulevards and boulangéries.

So, although it’s no anniversary or anything special, I thought I’d share a list of some of my favorite finds in Paris. I never did much shopping, but here are some of the things I decided were too special to give up entirely: Continue reading


So this weekend Bibi decided it was time we had my hair done – something I both looked forward to, and dreaded. Women here where their hair for about a month before switching it, and I wasn’t sure what I’d do if I hated the way it looked. That being said, I was curious. Moreover, there were serious advantages to braiding my hair – not washing it for about a month, Malians getting excited and thinking I’m cute, etc.  So, on Saturday afternoon, Bibi and I set off for the coiffeuse at the market near our house. It was the perfect day Continue reading

Vêtements Maliens

I will have to tell you all about our latest incredible trip to Segou. It was such a full trip, however, that it’ll take me a few days to get everything straight and written down. In the meantime, however, here is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while.

One of the most positive things that I heard about Mali was that it boasts some of the most beautiful textiles and clothes of West Africa. Naturally, being a total sucker for both clothes and handmade/unique goods, I decided Continue reading