Journal, Other, Spain, Travel

The Courage to Disappoint

Keep it real, I say to myself, as I’m writing this post. Keep it very real. "I’ve been plenty humbled these past few days", I can hear my pride is trying to negotiate with me, "do we have to publish this failure on the web?" Yes, we do, I argue. Firstly because I do not… Continue reading The Courage to Disappoint

Other, Third Culture Kid

Blood stream

It's nighttime and past my bedtime but for a day like today it's worth sacrificing a little bit of sleep time. A perfect day. One of so many perfect days in Dakar. I like to practice managing annoyances wisely. Many hours sitting in car traffic equals a growing appreciation of audiobooks. My current audio lecture… Continue reading Blood stream

Other, Third Culture Kid

A story for a Senegalese friend

The phone rang on a Friday afternoon several weeks ago from a woman I knew from work. She is Senegalese, a manager in a logistics firm responsible for handling a large part of the rice imports (and other soft commodities) into the country, and I'm the rep of a French survey firm contracted by the… Continue reading A story for a Senegalese friend


On est ensemble

The people, the people. The city is dirty, dusty, polluted, and without the people: blatantly insignificant. The people, the people here and there and skirting the moving traffic. Flowing, wrapped in the colourful fabrics, draped in traditional robes, sitting, sipping, standing, being always everywhere there are people. I left my car keys with the guy… Continue reading On est ensemble

Journal, Other, Senegal

The Journey of a single bag of rice – Part I

At first glance, unloading cargo from a vessel looks like a horde of ants invading a juicy piece of cake. The vessel is huge, the people are little, and up and down the swaying ladder attached to the side of the ship, we (underwriters), insurers, other surveyors, dockers and supervisors climb on board to join… Continue reading The Journey of a single bag of rice – Part I

Business, Canada, Haiti, Other, Senegal, Third Culture Kid

The 4 biggest differences when working with the French (and Francophones)

French is the official language in nearly 30 countries around the world. France was busy colonizing many parts of the New World and Africa...the remaining effects of which are the spreading of France's language, culture and mentality to many nations around the world. It is my pleasure and honour to have discovered several Francophone (meaning… Continue reading The 4 biggest differences when working with the French (and Francophones)

Other, Senegal, Travel

Aïd el-Fitr (la Korité) festivities in Medina – the images

Celebrating the end of Ramadan in Medina, typical African neighbourhood of Dakar - in images. Peeking in on the women in the hair salons, the children in the streets and the beautiful, festive wear for the occasion. Includes spontaneous bike tricks from passing youth. ...and, our fair dose of what I like to call "lounge… Continue reading Aïd el-Fitr (la Korité) festivities in Medina – the images

Journal, Other, Senegal, Travel

Greetings from two months in

Me: Salam aleekum. Taxi Driver: Malekum Salam. (conversation around destination and taxi price ensues, in (my) patchy Wolof) Taxi Driver: How long have you been here? (a trickle of sweat slips down my back) Me: Two months. Ñaari wer....Two months, and a bit. Taxi Driver: You are Senegalese now. Me (to myself): It's time I… Continue reading Greetings from two months in

Journal, Other, Senegal, Travel

A day trip to the Island of Gorée, in images

A journey in images from yesterday's trip to Ile de la Gorée. The island is a 30 minute ferry ride away from Dakar. Arriving into the port. Then, an impromptu photo shoot near a beautiful, bright blue door. This is my first adventure with having custom-made clothes sown using the local fabrics. I'm convinced that… Continue reading A day trip to the Island of Gorée, in images