Last day in 2018! New Year is coming.

Happy New Year, Steemians! Greetings from Côte d’Ivoire.

Starting the year in Hong Kong, ending in Abidjan, I have to say I loved 2018. It’s been a great year, although it could be even better.

Steem price is so shitty now and the whole Steem thing doesn’t seem to have much to look forward to at the moment. I’ve been busy travelling for the past 2 months, kinda missed all the DStors dramas. Except for that, doesn’t seem much going on for this platform.

2019 is just around the corner, new hope?

For myself, I just made some resolutions, although I almost never achieve my new year resolutions, it’s still good to have some.

Stop being stupid and read more books! That’s my resolution for 2019!

I think I’ll buy a kindle, there are so many different models, which one do you recommend to buy?

大家好!我依旧在西非,要在这里跨年了!

2018的最后一天你们都忙什么呢?每年我都象征性地定个新年目标,结果几乎没有实现过。但不管如何,2019就在眼前,我也来总结一下吧!

2018虽然是币市过山车又大瀑布的一年,但是对我来说这也是不错的一年:年初在香港跨年,最后一天居然在西非。这一年我去了想去了很久的西非和中亚,我一直把这两个地方当作这几年的计划,没想到这么快就实现了!

这一年我依旧没心没肺庆祝生活,总体依旧对这个世界失望又悲观,这一年依旧认得了一些很有意思的新朋友,得到了很多启发的同时,也做了一些傻事。但不管如何,2018要过去了,还是要欢送吧!

2019年一定会更好的。我也定了个小目标:要多阅读啊,这几年读的书太少了觉得人都快傻了!

Market Snapshots in Man, Côte d’Ivoire

Market in Man, Côte d’Ivoire.

It wasn’t a special market day or something, just an ordinary day.

Streets are busy like this every day.

Pepper! Spicy!!

Sorry I forgot what she was selling, should have taken a closer picture.

Karité is one of the French words I learnt here in CI. Côte d’Ivoire is famous for its shea butter production. Gonna buy some maybe one of these days.

A typical snack, tastes like oliebol in Belgium and the Nederlands, good since now it’s holiday season, we eat it at Christmas market in Belgium ^^ festive snack then.

There isn’t much snack in WAfrica so even though I didn’t like oliebol much still it’s good as a snack for now haha.

brochettes

I hope I didn’t burn that foufou!

I love bissap juice!

Here in West Africa, there’re fewer variations for juice than in some other tropical countries.

These are some typical juices you can find here in Côte d’Ivoire: ginger, passion fruit and bissap. Of those, I love bissap juice the most.

Bissap is a sort of Hibiscus that is native to West Africa. Today I finally got to see its plant.

Because normal in the market, you only see the dried bissap (right side of the photo), which is used to make juice.

There are also green bissap, normaly dried green ones are used for sauce and red ones for juice.

I like the unsweetend ones of just slightly sweetened ones, even though it can taste a bit bitter. Normally the ones sold on the market with plastic bags are a bit too sweet for me.

Of course, if made for cocktails, it can be a bit sweeter also!

I’m going to spend my last warm days in West Africa. Happy holidays, everyone!

在西非的最后一周旅游了!

今天来聊聊在这里比较喜欢喝的一种饮料叫做Bissap,查了一下中文叫玫瑰茄或者洛神花,长知识。洛神花好像听说过但是在国内没尝过。

这种花应该来自西非地区,所以是非常常见的饮料。西非这里生活水平一般,大家对果汁的需求不是很大,想想在南印度南美东南亚这些热带地区到处可见新鲜果汁,这里市场上找来找去只有三种:生姜、百香果、玫瑰茄。

我觉得玫瑰茄果汁挺好喝,有一点苦但是还是很喜欢。最近两天我留意了一下,终于找到了玫瑰茄植物,以及晒干的样子,拍了照片,哈哈!

大家哪天可以尝尝,预祝大家新年快乐!