A traveler's diary

This Burundian Life

Letter to Burundi

Dear Burundi, I only spent four days with you and unfortunately you didn’t have enough time to share details on the whirlwind series of events you faced this year; yet yesterday morning when our eyes locked for a few minutes, I felt palpable sorrows through what only...

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Burundian Unity

A post by Amadeus I am not Burundian. This is probably the phrase I utter the most on a daily basis since I arrived in Burundi in August 2014, greetings notwithstanding, so I decided to get it out of the way. However, I love Burundi.  Burundi is my favorite country in...

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Ode To A Mukeke

By Jim I found myself a wee bit hungry Had a grumble in my tummy Had only Monopoly money To find a meal that satisfies We ambled to a small café Requested “Le carte, sil vous plait,” When mine eyes espied the Mukeke Served grilled along with Frenchie Fries “Pardon,...

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Watching Robin Hood

By "Bjorn in Burundi" Entertainment options are, to put it lightly, slim in Cankuzo. On an ideal day I spend my 2 hours at lunch and 3-4 hours between getting off work and going to bed in some combination of eating, watching a movie or show on my laptop (the constant...

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An incident with the traffic Police

By Faustin L. Kanuma Picture source: ethicsofisl.ubc.ca I first came to Burundi in August 2004. I came looking for business opportunities and a new challenge in life. Burundi, then was recovering from a long civil war with the main rebel group having accepted to down...

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A different mentality in Burundi

Ce texte est repris du blog: Maxou au Burundi  Après plus de deux ans passés au Burundi, d'innombrables discussions avec d'aussi innombrables amis burundais ou expatriés ici depuis plus ou moins longtemps, certaines réflexions, totalement généralisantes je l'admets,...

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Everything is secret in burundi

Ce texte est repris du blog: Maxou au Burundi  "Ibanga" (le secret – en kirundi) est un mot clé pour comprendre la culture de ce petit pays de montagnes enclavé au cœur de l'Afrique qu'est le Burundi. Quant à moi, avant d'attérir ici, j'avais imaginé une culture...

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To Burundi/ans, with Love

By Faustin L Kanuma Photo by Guy Basabose Lately one of my highlights every morning when I wake up is logging in to WhatsApp messenger. See we have this group forum which the administrator aptly named "Abarundi". The group is made up of eight members and we like to...

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