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Two weeks ago, I was back in Niamey again,

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…this time to pick up two new volunteers, Jason & Queenie, who were flying in all the way from Hongkong. Having discovered Eden Foundation through my blog, we started communicating earlier this year. One thing led to another, and now they have come to help out for a whole six months! As you can tell, I am very excited!

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Having been to South Africa before, this was their first West African experience and there was much to discover!

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We started the first evening with a meal at a local Africanized Chinese restaurant with good company,

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…and the following day, having handed in some paperwork, we headed for Le Grand Marché!

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That is, the Niamey market.

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Here, we made friends with Isa, who was happy to show us around.

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Now, the Niamey market is (by to Zinderien standards) huge and their fabric section enourmous – but Isa helped us find the various West African fabric shops that we were looking for.

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We looked at fabrics from Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Niger, Ghana and Mauretania and as you can all imagine, our fabric hunt was successful! I don’t think I’ve bought so much fabrics at any one time in all my life!

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After a couple of hours, our hunger for West African fabrics was saturated,

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…and after a couple of more errands,

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…taking numerous taxis…

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…through the busy streets of Niamey,

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…and having enjoyed a scenery quite different from my hometown some 900km east,

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…we saturated another type of hunger at the cosy coffee shop / bakery of Amendine’s,

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…where we had an (un)typical Swedish fika in the heart of West Africa,

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…consisting of yummy pistacchio cake,

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…super yummy pistacchio icecream (as we say in Swedish: MUMS!),

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…and coffee – my first capucino in several months!

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On our last evening, we teamed up with my German friend Johanna (who was transfered from her post in Zinder due to the security warnings),

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…enjoyed a beautiful sunset walk along the River Niger,

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…only to ended the perfect day with dinner at Le Pilier, joined by Annie and Sam!

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The following day, Jason, Queenie and I travelled 900km back to Zinder – where we have been enjoying the sights and sounds of my beloved part of Africa! There’s more to come – time permitting – but this was a post about our little adventure in the capital of this country. I hope you enjoyed!

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