02 juin 2014

Wenka

           I'm currently writing a lesson plan on graffiti and street art, the idea being to teach the kids what the point of each is and how to tell the difference. As there are a lot of tags here, I wanted to start off with pictures of graffiti around their home village in the hopes that they would recognize some of it and be able to find the rest pretty easily. What started off as a short trip down the main road turned into a two-hour photo safari throughout the village, with cries of "Miss... [Lire la suite]
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06 février 2014

The Box.

                  Sent: 06 January 2014. Received: 03 February 2014. Not too bad. Boxes and parcels always take about a month. Except that this particular one was coming from the UK, which the Mahorese customs weren't too sure about. They sent me a letter the week before arrival, saying that they wanted me to tell them what was in the box (although the contents were written in both languages on said box) and to give them an invoice proving what the contents were worth. I sent it... [Lire la suite]
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13 janvier 2014

Pink bags and blue boxes

            In Mayotte, people don't fret about big travel bags, careful packaging, luggage straps and padlocks. They don't worry about their big black case being indistinguishable from everybody else's big black cases on the luggage carousel. They don't bother repackaging their stuff so that it all fits nicely together. Quite the contrary. The ideal luggage here is ready to be transported, solid and re-usable upon arrival.                    ... [Lire la suite]
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31 décembre 2012

Scenes in Mayotte

             Two Mahorese ladies, decorator and decoratee during a Tourism Committee festival. They draw geometrical figures and flowery shapes on their faces for all sorts of ceremonies, from weddings to end-of-year school parties, generally with a white paste. Sometimes, as they're already wearing their beauty masks, the drawings have to go over the top and aren't so easy to see.                  Typical view of a Mahorese village in the... [Lire la suite]
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16 juillet 2012

27

                         I think you would be horrified if you saw the state your parcels arrived in. That's why they're going on the blog. The packages shown above are presents that Mum, Nanny and Papi sent me, a colourful top and a batch of Economists. The beanies you sent arrived in a sealed envelope with no damage at all, possibly because it was a small package. A box of clothes and books I sent myself in October also arrived feeling rather sorry for itself.... [Lire la suite]
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21 mai 2012

Hot country, cold chain.

        This singularly appetizing photo is of several cardboard boxes of mabawas - chicken wings again. What the photo doesn't show is the large yellow and red sign just above the food, saying "DO NOT OPEN THE BOXES". Written in French, which most people here understand. Obviously not all - either that, or they don't care, or they don't realize the importance of the cold chain.                Cold chain hassle is pretty much a... [Lire la suite]
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13 août 2011

Everything Must Go

          Preparing to leave for a long time in a foreign country is easier than I thought it would be, actually. That’s before you get there and realise you’ve forgotten your driving license, clean socks and cats, who should be wailing their way round Paris airport by now. I am lucky enough to have several people around me to remind me first thing in the morning of whatever it was I spent all night thinking about. Parents, grandparents, friends are all doing their best to think of... [Lire la suite]
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