Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Shadow Across the Sun

The day we arrived in Libreville, there was an eclipse of the sun. A ‘hybrid solar eclipse’ nogal. Gabon was on the line of greatest eclipse and coverage was 98%. Luckily, we’d decided to go for a walk to stretch … Continue reading

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“Everyone has his Lambaréné”

Lambaréné is as beautiful as I’d imagined. The sound of it rolling off the tongue was as tantalising as the lush green river town described in our Lonely Planet Africa guidebook and I’d been looking forward to it. As we … Continue reading

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Shock absorbers

Gabon is… different. I haven’t quite put my finger on it yet, but I’m feeling my way. It wasn’t so much the sudden appearance of cows. Or the scarlet and turquoise flashes of tropical wings and the crowds of weaver … Continue reading

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On Suffering and Smiling

Since we arrived in central Africa, there has been an increase in the frequency of the appeal ‘On souffre’: ‘We’re suffering’. This is usually underscored with the unsaid ‘Give us something; assuage your colonial guilt’. I’m not about to argue … Continue reading

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