ProfMiasma, my partner for over two years (cohabitating for 9+ months), is going off to do fieldwork in West Africa for the next 1.5 years. For the first 6 months, she'll be "in the bush" with limited access to communication technology. Given this limited connectivity situation, what practices and tools can we use to make the best of our long-distance relationship situation? (More Details Inside) [more inside]
A girlfriend and I are planning on going to Europe over Christmas. Based on places we haven't been, we're debating spending ten days in either, a) Scandinavia (Norway/ Sweden/ Finland/ Denmark), or, b) flying to Paris and then to Morocco. Which option is best? More info below... [more inside]
Bewildered by an old-looking mahogany wood writing set. [more inside]
Found a rather strange insect while doing night work in the forest at Mbam et Djerem National Park, Cameroon. Neither I nor anybody on my field team can even assign them to order. Does anybody out there in the Hive Mind know what this is? [more inside]
I’m looking to take a 2-week trip in Africa, to somewhere that can be a good introduction to the area. Current short-list is Kenya, Ghana, or South Africa. Where would you recommend to go? [more inside]
I will be spending three days in Johannesburg, South Africa at the end of June. I don't know a thing about South Africa or Johannesburg, so what should I do with myself? [more inside]
My niece is planning a trip to western equatorial Africa. We have several questions as she gets ready to go. [more inside]
I'm living in Kinshasa, DRC, for a bit. Have you traveled there? What do you wish your had known? [more inside]
When did enslaved Africans in the US stop speaking African languages? [more inside]
I want to run my first marathon. I live in Africa. Where on this content can I find a marathon well-suited to a decent novice runner? [more inside]
Years ago a friend had a great collection of Anansi stories and distinctly remember one bizarre story that we told and re-told. I have failed to find the specific story or the collection/website it was from. [more inside]
Heard about this documentary from an anthropology student, but she didn't know the name of it... Back in the colonial days (20th C) of African holdings, some European military would depart their bases yearly and allow the African soldiers to take over. The African soldiers would dress as the Europeans and re-enact their modes of life and work, but in some kind of ritualized parody. [more inside]
Seeking viewing suggestions for African documentaries. [more inside]
My SO and his mother want to go on safari in Africa next year, there are lots of tours. Not sure where to start. Help? [more inside]
I'm looking for news sources, reports written by reputable NGOs, detailed maps, long-form magazine articles regarding newsworthy events and other general info on the current state of politics, economics, stability and other issues of geopolitical interest related to South Sudan. I would like to dedicate approximately one or two full working days to informing myself about the past 10-15 years of history and the current state of the country.
My extended family is trying to put together a trip to someplace interesting, warm and beach-y, to occur around New Year's. For a variety of complicated reasons related to where people will be traveling from, the Middle East, North Africa and far southern Europe are the most feasible destinations. Where should we consider going? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some decent general histories of the Congo War (1996-2003) and its related conflicts? [more inside]
I've got a length of gorgeous African fabric...with the image of a terrible dictator on it. What should I do with this? [more inside]
Please help me fulfill a promise that I didn't expect to be so challenging. [more inside]
Someone has joined the Peace Corps and is going to Senegal, working in agro-forestry. Here is what is requested: needs, reads, before and during, what not to miss seeing, what to know, all necessary tips on the Peace Corps, Senegal and the Peace Corps in Senegal, and so on. In a word: advice. In another: experience. Hive mind, please hope me. [more inside]
What are good movies about or made in post-apartheid South Africa? Assume I've seen the ones that have had moderate success in the US, like District 9, Tsotsi, and Invictus.
Our daughter is going to a dance intensive program in Guinea, Africa. While my wife and I have traveled quite a bit in Europe and Asia, Africa is new to us. She will be getting all necessary shots, travel insurance, etc., but we're more interested in the less than obvious. While she will be in and out of Conakry, from our understanding she will also be helping to build a school and traveling around other parts of Guinea. Does anyone have any advice for our daughter about Guinea, travel to Africa, cultural dos and don'ts or logistical information about communications, phones, or anything else? Thanks!
So I'm going to Kenya in 5 weeks time for some work, and I'm meant to be briefing some colleagues (emphasis on brief) about some aspects of our work tomorrow. Something has leapt out at me, and I don't have the time to research it myself before presenting. [more inside]
I have several good friends who will be traveling abroad this summer to work with elephants in Thailand and wildlife in Zimbabwe. I wanted to get them each something that would be thoughtful, useful or fun, especially in a foreign land. I have never traveled abroad, so I am having a hard time deciding what is needed or wanted when one is in Thailand or Africa. So, I am looking for something small and not terribly expensive. What would you have wanted on your trip to Thailand and/or Africa?
My wife's father (Caucasian American) spent five years teaching in Chad, Africa in the late 60's and early 70's. A few years ago he told my wife that while he was there he had a relationship with a woman and that after he left the village where he was living he heard that she had a child who "looked like him." My wife and I are thinking about traveling to Chad to see where her father lived and to possibly try and find this woman who would now be in her 40's. We have some limited information from him (names places etc.) Finding information about Chadian culture has been difficult and we want to be sure that there would be no negative consequences for this woman and her family if we went and tried to find her. We want to be as low-key as possible but it looks like most of the westerners who travel to this part of Africa use guides or tourist companies. We speak a little french but not much. Any info would be so much appreciated!
Do spirit photographs of ogbanje children or malevolent spirit children exist? I'm thinking of the plethora of spirit photographs from the turn of the 20th century that depicted deceased persons (from the spiritualist movement) -- do similar types of photos of ogbanje or spirit children in African culture exist? If so, where?
I've been into African music for a few years, but Africa is a giant of a continent, full of undiscovered music. I'd like to find more. [more inside]
I have a great opportunity to go to Kenya in June, the question is, does my partner and daughter (20 months by then) come with, or do I meet them somewhere on the way back to Australia? [more inside]
What are some great family day trips from Cape Town, South Africa? [more inside]
I'm going to be doing fieldwork in Central Africa next summer. What do I need to bring? [more inside]
My friend is moving to Abuja, Nigeria! What should she know? [more inside]
I can't find a Wikipedia page I saw a while back. It was about a sort of design error or cognitive bias whereby designers or engineers reject as irrelevant (or are unaware of) a relevant factor in the requirements of a design because it is outside of their field. It gave an example which was about designing and providing water supplies in Africa. There were known ways to prevent a certain disease in the water, but the engineers were not familiar with them, so the disease spread.
How safe are the following (mostly) West African countries, and what can I expect my budget to be? [more inside]
What are the best resources, websites, and blogs for someone who is planning a trip around the world? [more inside]
I would like to donate about $20 a month to a family in Africa, can you recommend an organization or give me some info on how this would work? [more inside]
I'm going to be in Tanzania with a friend in a couple of months after some medical volunteering in Kenya, and I'd like to see gorillas while they're still around. Does anyone have a recommended group to do this through, or one with a good reputation?
Are there any new recommendations for books and (especially) films about Africa? I prefer themes other than war and violence if possible. [more inside]
Article relating two young kids: One a (implied spoiled rotten) American kid who needed help tying his shoe-laces and didn't want to clean up the dishes after dinner. The other a kid from Africa who, at the same age, was cooking dinners, cleaning dishes and everything else, because she knew that was expected of her? [more inside]
Going to Kenya for ten or more months. How should one approach antimalarials for this length of time? [more inside]
Trying to identify a myth/fairy tale I read in an issue of Highlights back in the 1990s. It has to do with how animals got their spots/colors, and how the cheetah, who was vain, waited too long and had to use the leftover paint colors to create its yellow coat, black spots, and black "tears". [more inside]
I'm a 6'4 dude, medium build, long arms. I wear 38/36 pants and a medium tall shirt. I am a non affiliated humanist. I would like ankle to knee length clothing, loose fitting and of plain style. Complication: cultural overloads. [more inside]
Volunteering in Tanzania? [more inside]
Help me figure out what movie about apartheid South Africa I'm remembering. [more inside]
I want to create a number to send text messages (SMS) which will then post all the messages onto a Twitter feed... [more inside]
Has there ever been an account of a group of black Americans choosing to return to Africa and how they fared in doing so? I'm looking for stories about how blacks born in America dealt with and adjusted to the change in culture if they returned to a country in Africa. Books, documentary or whatever are welcomed, preferably with the account occurring in 1960 or later.
I am looking for an internship with the United Nations, or a UN agency (UNDP, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF etc) in sub-Saharan Africa for a period of 10-20 weeks from September 2012. I have tried emailing application forms to country offices, with my CV and cover letter, but no luck with responses. Any tips or tricks or other help that you can provide? Thanks! [more inside]
Calling all Bambara speakers? I'd really love to know what the beautiful song Fanta Bourama (which could be Bambara, one of the main languages in Mali) by Djélimady Tounkara is about. Bonus points if you can provide a full translation in English (of French).
Pre-emptive appendectomy? Difficulty filter: living and working in remote corners of Africa. [more inside]
Can anyone help find this article I'm thinking of? [more inside]
How do I reconcile myself with the notion that I do not respect my daughter’s religion, or what she is doing in its name? [more inside]