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What is time ?

10 Aug

When you have a baby or an older kid I imagine, the concept of “time” is no longer the same. As a parent you must dedicate most of it if not all of it to your offspring (although somehow it may be more of a female thing as I have noticed that men manage to make time for themselves for whatever activity they are interested in whenever they are interested in it… One hand on the video game while the other is holding the (baby) bottle. Both hands on the video game while the baby is sitting in his chair waiting for his bottle,…) Don’t get me wrong, men are great with kids as well, but their priorities don’t seem to be the same as for us, mothers… At time suckers (when we decide to exchange a beauty treat for a house cleaning session while the baby is asleep)

After a birth, men (and some women, but I’m still looking for them) go back to work where they talk about business things, take important decisions and sign elaborate contracts. They wine and lunch out practically every day, sitting calmly at the round table of the working knights, making jokes and taking it easy for a full hour or two.

At home for the one who’s on his full time baby-shift it’s a different story. A baby has a particular notion of time. Time means : “feed me”, “play with me”, “there is something wet taking over my body.. Have I peed ?”, “I’m tired, I want to sleep but I don’t know if I can and oh look, there is a lion smiling at me, I must smile back and taste his fur”, so your time does no longer exist. I’ve been talking to mothers around the world and it makes me feel good to know that I’m not the only one not having time for a shower until a ridiculous hour in the day, to do my nails when they no longer look like dignified lady nails, to finish my breakfast before it’s lunch time etc. We take time for ourselves whenever we can rather than whenever we want… A wise man once said : “we must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right” (~Nelson Mandela) My time is ripe right now to go home and bath the baby…


On this last week in Africa…

27 Dec

Once upon a time, almost two months ago, after a long 4 months wait (for a visa) I came to Equatorial Guinea for a month of exploration and expat love… and if I came to realise that this country could be my own for a longer while, look for work. The 30 day visa turned into a 60 day one, and my stay extended to January 1st. Ho Ho Ho Happy New Year . No work contract has been signed for various reasons and my pink suitcase is getting ready to get muddy and board again in only 5 days…

I have tried to share with you my E.G experiences on this blog. “Tried” as not all could be said nor shown. But I hope that I managed, on some level, to embark you with on this trip. A trip that could be a once in a life time experience in a fast growing and developing country that, so far, dislikes random tourists, such as myself, but that maybe one day, will open up to all.


On this last Monday I spent my afternoon with my Twitter friend, Arum. We headed for a couple of drinks and a lovely Bûche de Nöel that was so kindly offered to us by Philippe and his wife at the Kalao. I’ll miss this place… A small and friendly French restaurant by the sea that brings together the French expat community in this city. Philippe is as lovely as a restaurant owner can get. Chatty. available, interesting and kind. His wife (who is from Senegal) welcomes you with wide arms each time she sees you passing the restaurant gates. I’ve come to grow fond of this place and I have to admit, some aspects of this city with it… Although that main remain limited…

Anyhow, we did what would probably be the last food shopping of the week. Two supermarkets visited. The third, I will be leaving for another day… Can’t spoil all the shopping fun at once can I ?

Upon my arrival, the Vâche qui Rit (and Light) entered Bata and with it, my happiness… Today, I am sad to announce, that cheese is gone ! Many things are missing. I haven’t tasted Diet Coke since at least a month. Have bought the last Kinder Bueno’s available a couple of weeks ago, and the Emmental cheese, didn’t last that long either…

The African charm !

Paris, France. Seen by Sandra

23 Oct

As seen by a nomad world traveler and Parisian by adoption.

After days, weeks, months and years spent in what is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris, I have come to spot some places that are amazing to me, unknown to others and worth knowing if you appreciate turning away from the traditional guide book, the typical “trendy” spots and turn towards the personal unknown.

Some of my personal places :

Best Italian Pasta restaurant in my opinion – Procopio Angelo. A true Italian Chef who knows his flour and vegetables like no one else. Take away traiteur and restaurant. Small (very small, 24 seats to the most so make sure to book for lunch and dinner services at 19.30 and 21.30) Fresh homemade pasta. Change of menu / sauces almost every day. The prices are more than reasonable (8€ – 22€). My special treats : The Burrata is simply amazing ! The dishes… every day will offer a new delicatessen, so all is practically fabulous. The Tiramisu just makes you want to have more of it and well… basically I’m in love with this place as you may have understood. ~ 89 rue St. Honoré, 75001, Open Tuesday till Saturday

For a great Martini Bar (snack & restaurant) there is the Fumoir. Right behind the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, this cosy bar, with probably one of the actual bars I really enjoy sitting at, will offer you quite an impressive choice of Martini cocktails and other alcoholic treats (ask for the honey vodka, it’s delicious). The view is that of an amazing Louvre, the Seine river and the wooden Pont des Arts. ~ 6 rue de l’Amiral de Coligny, 75001

If you are looking for that traditional French wine bar, do not miss out on Les Pipos. A small (expanding as we speak) “bar de quartier” situated in the 5th, a street away from the Pantheon. The meat dishes are excellent, the homemade French fries are fabulous, the cheese is fantastic and the wine list, well… Go try it out and let me know what you think. Make sure to book if you go on a weekend night or you may get the French attitude of “sorry, no more room, goodnight” thrown at you. They may come through as cold (Bruno, the main waiter really) but it’s a friendly place I’ve been going to for the past 15 years or so. ~ 2 rue de l’école Polytechnique, 75005, Closes on Sundays

Champagne, who doesn’t like champagne ? OK, some don’t, but overall, we all love and worship champagne. Champagne is like water… Well, almost like water but it could be… For those of you who like to feel those bubbles drifting down your throats, try the Flûte Etoile Champagne Bar, a step away from one of the cities most (according to the world) beautiful avenues, the Champs Elysées. This small and cosy bar offers you over 100 different champagnes and appetizers to go with your glass. Every Wednesday night there is live Jazz music to go with your champagne and your friends. Some say it’s my second home… I may agree and say it is. ~ 19 rue de l’Etoile, 75008, Open Monday till Saturday

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