africa

A journey in Ghana, Africa.

7 janvier 2016

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It’s been a while that Jibril and I wanted to go to Ghana. Why Ghana? Well this is where J. was born. His Grandma still live there and it has been 16 years that he has not visit her. No need to say that it was about time!

We were there for two weeks and spent the first week in/around Kumasi. My favorite thing was to explore the small villages around and to meet the locals there. I had an amazing time. And the kids! Omg those kids! I was so overwhelmed  to see them smiling all the time and being so happy with not that much.

It was intense to discover/experience a new culture and to be out of my confort zone sometimes. It was really amazing but not easy all the time though! I think going to Kejatia market ( the biggest market of Western Africa, which happen to be in Kumasi ) was the “hardest thing” for me. This market is huge and crowded like crazy! And it was very very very intense ( not really in a good way ) to have everyone looking at me ( I was the only white person around ahah ) and calling me ” o’broni” ( which means stranger in the local language ) and talking about me in a language I did not understand. But well, it was part of the experience and when I think about it now, it does make me smile a lot.

I wish we would have more time so we could have explore the north of the country, but well, we’ll be back for sure!

I have so many pictures from that trip and it has been very hard to select the ones I’d share with you on the blog. I hope you’ll enjoy this first selection! There will be one or two more coming :)

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In Ghana, it happens to be what they call “Lights Off” ( power outages ) everyday, but only in certain areas at a time.  Those following photos have been taken while I was experiencing those power outages during our stay in  Kotei Village.

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I really hope you did enjoy this first serie of photos. Can’t wait to share more :) ( and the Vlog is coming soon !)

Sending you lots of love.

Lily

What I did on my Bday: swimming with Wild Dolphins!

29 juin 2014

Une des raisons pour laquelle nous avons choisis Zanzibar: la possibilité de nager en pleine mer avec des dauphins sauvages, autrement dit… Living the DREAM!

Je ne sais pas pourquoi je les aime tellement, ils me fascinent! J’en rêve même parfois la nuit.

Par contre je vous demande d’être indulgent concernant la façon dont c’est filmé hein?! C’est mon tout tout tout premier usage de la GOPRO! Ou comment j’avais trop la pression!

One of the many reasons we chooses Zanzibar for our Bday celebrations: being able to swim with wild Dolphins in the Indian Ocean, in other words… Living the DREAM.

I’m kinda obsessed with dolphins lol, I just don’t know why they fascinate me ! I even dream of them sometimes shah

Don’t be too hard on me cause of the way the video has been record hun?! It was my first attempt with the GOPRO. I was so stressed to ruined it!

African Faces.

24 juin 2014

IMG_0769-2Prendre les habitants de Zanzibar en photo n’a pas été tâche facile. La plupart d’entre eux ne voulaient pas être photographié, ce que je peux tout à fait comprendre. Beaucoup cachaient leur visages, tandis que d’autres réagissaient de façon un peu plus virulante.

J’ai quand même pu faire quelques jolis portraits. Certaines personnes se sont laissées prendre, avec en prime le sourire !

Ce que j’aime par dessus tout après leur avoir tiré le portrait?  Prendre le temps d’aller à leur rencontre, leur montrer le rendu des photos et voir à quel point ça leur plaît. Le sourire qu’ils m’offrent en retour est tellement gratifiant!

Taking portraits of people in Zanzibar wasn’t that easy. Most of them didn’t want to be photographed, and I totally get that. Some of them were hiding their face, while other were really getting mad about it.

But I finally managed to take some cool portraits. Few people were really happy and curious about me taking pictures of them, and even smiled for the pictures!

What I loved the most about taking pictures of them?  Taking some time to show them the pictures I just took and watch the huge smile on their faces and how much they love seeing them in the little camera screen! Priceless!

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