Life in Timbuktu
Timbuktu is situated between 16° 44’555” and 16° 47’ degrees North latitude and 2° 59’710” and 3° 00’ 977” degrees west longitude. This puts it in the same time zone as England. It is in the northern hemisphere so it follows the general pattern of shorter cooler days in the months of Dec Jan Feb and longer hotter days in the “summer” months of June July Aug. However being only 16 degrees off the equator the seasonal variation in day length and temperature is minimal. Read More...
Being in the middle of nowhere, the Sahara desert, Africa, an underdeveloped country one might have an image of people completely shut off from the rest of the world with no access to any modern aenities. Or being so used to all the comforts of the western world it maybe impossible to imagine a place that does not have them. So what utilities are available in Timbuktu and how do they work? Read More...
I will not deny that there is inequality of the sexes in Mali and I will discuss them. But other factors play a role. We must look not only at how our perceptions cause us to misjudge cultural differences but also that some issues that women face are not so much intentional discrimination rather they are the result of a very poor country with too few resources to meet the needs of its population. The final aspect of this question is that we in the west must first examine our own women's equality before seeking to accuse others. Let not those living in glass houses throw stones.
Jawara koy from a mispronunciation of the arabic word zawia meaning a place (house or whole neighbourhood) of repose where travelers, students, and others could stay and find meals and koy the Songai word for proprietor, thus the sheik or chief responsible for such a place who financed it and often offered charity to, or took care of debts of, the impoverished who made use of it. Read More...
Demands for gifts can be annoying but you are not the only one dealing with this. Gift giving is an integral part of the culuture and can become quite complicated. Read More...
Someone said "Everyday must be an adventure here in Timbuktu." Well in some ways yes, but it becomes everyday. Dodging dust storms is just so exciting when they happen on a regular basis. Read More...
The children of Timbuktu put a whole new spin on childhood games. The people of Timbuktu have a different perspective on health. Read More...