Category Archives: Social Life

Friday Funnies – On Friday!!

Have a wonderful weekend – we are, here by the Lake!!

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Wargames – South Africans and Others

In 1998 and for several years thereafter, during the fighting here, the South African military came in as the first wave of African Union (AU) troops whose mission was to work with the Burundi military in peace-keeping activities.  The AU was … Continue reading

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The Dry Season in Burundi – Time to Celebrate! III of III (Urban Elite Marriages)

Weddings for the wealthy (or aspiring wealthy) can be extremely elaborate.  If at all possible, the family will rent space at a hotel where entertainment, drinks and food will be provided for upwards of 400 guests.  If that is not … Continue reading

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The Dry Season in Burundi – Time to Celebrate! I of III (The Poor)

July and August are the months of engagements and marriages in Burundi and these are almost always accompanied by feasts that are as lavish as the families can organize.  This is the first of 3 blogs on the topic and … Continue reading

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Burundi Song and Dance at The Hotel Club du Lac and Beyond

Traditions of song and dance here in Burundi – and in neighboring Rwanda – are ancient, transcending both economic strata and ethnic boundaries.  They celebrate a life of agriculture and herding – hoe agriculture and the famous Ankole cattle of … Continue reading

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The Social Life of Beans in Burundi – Part 1

Dry beans are the most important food in Burundi.  Being Burundian is associated with beans – their growing, processing, sales and eating.  Consumption of beans  cuts across all socioeconomic and ethnic lines in the country; they are a truly unifying, … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Africa-General, Agriculture, Burundi, Colonialism, Crop harvests, Cuisine, East central Africa, Social Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Sir Burton’s Recipe for Love, from 1001 Nights

A Story about Love and Friendship for Valentine’s Day: First published 5 March 2011; revised 8 Feb. 2003 Prior to Richard Burton’s years of exploits in Africa, while stationed in India, he learned Arabic and studied widely both religious and … Continue reading

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Posted in Arabic, Arabic poetry, European explorers, Food, Middle East, Recipes, Richard Burton, Social Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments