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Spitfire and Samphire

The celebrations continued for a couple of weeks. In my home town of Leamington Spa, the children made up for the last soggy month of convalescence in Côte d’Ivoire: balmy days spent meeting cousins for the first time, having picnics … Continue reading

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Bietjie Bietjie Maak Baie

LIBERIA: free at last! Truly that’s what it felt like to finally get out of Côte d’Ivoire. I have nothing against the place – its people were very kind to us and the coast was beautiful – but the unscheduled … Continue reading

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Things I Have Learned About Having Malaria and Typhoid At The Same Time

Dear Mom, WE’RE ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE. Now. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you at the time, but I thought you’d had enough to fret about this month, what with Ruby in hospital and all four of us down with some … Continue reading

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A Birthday to Remember

We arrived in Balmer, San Pédro on the evening of the day we were diagnosed with typhoid, 7th June. Zola was far more concerned with how many days remained till his 10th birthday – as is traditional in the Sampson … Continue reading

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Things I Have Learned About Typhoid

We spent a week recuperating Chez Jules. We parked the truck right next to his boma so all Ruby had to do was crawl outside and lie in the shade. After the two intravenous drips at the hospital, she now … Continue reading

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Côte d’Ivoire: Just Grand

We immediately liked Côte d’Ivoire. It was emptier, cleaner, greener than Ghana. It was also poorer, but prouder – dust was being swept outside roadside stalls again. There were no more piles of rubble or tacky advertising hoardings. It was … Continue reading

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Ezile Bay: A Taste of Paradise

The first time we came to Ezile Bay, we’d been to check out Busua, the more famous surf tourism spot, and were on our way to Cape Three Points, Ghana’s southernmost tip. About 45 minutes down an increasingly narrow and … Continue reading

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