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Great jean113 2020-08-02 7:54

Hello Gert, a very interesting read, you have such clear memories of your trips.
The makeshift corrugated iron roofs to the market stalls provide a line that keeps my eyes concentrating upon all the people and their activities.
A woman carrying a great tray of something on her head; a mother bending over so that the baby on her back is horizontal!
The women wearing such colourful clothes also catch the eyes.
Your two w/s pictures are very informative. I am surprised by the portraits on the wall of the college. The picture from the museum is quite shocking.

Thanks for sharing, kind regards, Jean.

Old 08-02-2020, 07:19 PM
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Thank you Paul,
In the Sahel area, where I had work to do, I had no problems. The authorities were quite relaxed, even though all countries were ruled by the army, and I had letters of introduction from my foreign ministry and the UN "to whom it may concern", asking for any assistance i might need.
But as I was about to enter Ghana, which was in turmoil after a recent coup, my bus driver advised me that if I said a word about my profession I would be in deep trouble. I am sure he was right. Entering Ghana was bad enough even as an innocent teacher, or whatever I pretended to be.
As I was leaving Syria in 1995 the immigration officer looked at my departure form where I had written "translator". "No, you are a journalist!" he said (to my surprise, how could he know?). I assured him I was just a translator of books, but he kept on insisting I was a journalist. Then he saw the line behind me growing, so he shrugged and told me to go away. But he made me a bit nervous.
Have a nice week,
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