Sunday, December 25, 2005
For those of you living under a meter and a half of snow, here are some tropical pictures of my trip to Niger a couple of weeks ago to warm you up a bit.
If you want proof that Niger is a warm country: they grow bananas in their own gardens, something you rarely see in Belgium.
A friend of mine invited me to visit a workshop were the artisans make leather the old way. The tubs are used to process the raw hides and turn them into leather by removing the hairs and treating them with a number of foul smelling liquids.
This is the end result: coloured goat or sheep skins.
He looks stern, but this salesman at the Petit Marché (little market) was very friendly and insisted that I took his photograph. Most people here don't like their pictures to be taken or demand money in return.
The Niger river at sunset with fishermen in their 'pirogues'.
In the evening, people gather at the terrace of the Grand Hotel to eat 'brochettes', while the bats gather over the river to eat insects.
We visited a silver smith's shop, where he and his apprentices turn plain sheets into beautiful works of art.