The Kids of Ivory Coast West Africa
tokoro from has written 28 comments
I've never been to Africa, but I have been to a few places in the Caribbean/Central America, so your comparisons of the beach you were just at in the Honduras and this new one are very interesting.
Great photos again.
A very enjoyable post -
About the beads around the waist - a friend from Sierra Leone showed me the single string of red beads she has around her waist and said that she has had them since she was young and that they are supposed to help a woman keep a good figure. (Maybe that's why the girls didn't want to tell you what they're for!)
Sun is shining through the clouds here, so I'm off out for a walk... to "go outside and play"!
Best wishes to wonderful west africa.
Page Turner from has written 99 comments
Beautifull story, Beautifull healthy children. Somehow this seems so important to me. They seem well cared for and loved. A question in my mind though. Gotta remember I am 76 years old and these are old lady questions. Do these children have cloth diapers and what we called rubber pants in our days or do they have the fancy throw alway diapers such as the little ones in the USA wear?? That baby looked like he had rubber pants to keep him dry to me. Anyway, great article.
This is one of your most engaging stories. It captures the true essence of what is valuable in life, quite simply the joy of living in the purest of terms unencumbered by ancilary commercialized products. What you have captured here with your photos and accompanying written piece is at the heart of why people love to travel - to connect with people who have managed to live life to the fullest simply by being a part of a caring community. This is the reason humans seek enlightenment in order to make sense out of the chaos of our lives and find a way to live as better human beings. You have accomplished that.
All the best,
Where are all the kids with bloated bellies ? Were are all the stick-thin aids carriers ?
Where are all the glassy eyed matchette welding thugs and child soilders ?
Where are all the flies nesting on new born faces ?
This can't possible be the same Africa in the news....today news from Ivory Coast
rrodrigues from wrote 1 comment
That baby you hold will be a healthy adult, being hold with lots of people, playing later with lots of kids, sharing their adventures, feeling free. Money is just a tool. That's why you have lots of money on U.S. and Europe (I'm Portuguese), but the people are depressed, trying to fill their lack of social interaction and time with their own kids with objects.
People earn their money in order to be happier. But, I would bet that you Andy, can see happiness on the faces of many Ivory Coast people.
Hello Andy! Hope all is well in your travels. I think I may be able to solve your question about the string of beads worn around the waists of girls and women in Africa. I spent a summeer in Ghana a couple of years ago and, according to my host sister, the strings are put on girls at a very young age for two reasons. 1. They are beautiful and one is more appealing to men if she wears them. 2. They help to form the stomach. The tight beads help shape the muscles so there isn't a bulge of fat along the bottom of the stomach (what we in America refer to as "love handles")....
As the women grow older, the beads are replaced for ones that continue to fit and form their stomach as they like it to look.
Hope that helps!! Safe travels!!
Gadget from has written 1,020 comments
Ok, what I believe is this is an ancient custom so old that in typical African manners the girls make up answers.
But the reason in my belief it is the remaining part of how women managed menstration. They would tie strips of cloth to a string around their waist. This is a beautified remnant of an old tradition.
Many many many fat women in Africam
Neil V from has written 46 comments
I have been following your blog for several years. It has been a pleasure to read about the other parts of the world - especially the people.
I lived a life less simple for three years but only began to realize and take advantage of the low cost opportunities abroad when my time and funds were about gone.
I intend to one day resume the Journey I started when the time and funds allow.
As for now, I have resigned myself to live vicarously through Andy the Hobo.
I am truly envious.
David the Wanna Be Again Traveler
Asiabill from has written 260 comments
Wonderful post and pictures! I just went to a beach romanticized and described by the LP author as white sand and was disappointed to find brownish river sand and the witer neer mentioned there's no electricity with generator power at budget hotels only 4 to 5 hours daily so in a tropical country withOUT a fan made it a bit uncomfortable. I made the most of my 2 night stay there handwashing my laundry, ate well, walked away from the resort covered beach where I read a book and enjoyed the non developed atmosphere, took alot of photos and once again realized how lucky I am to live much of my life on Boracay Island.
Your NGO reference is FUNNY and i will remember and use it often!
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