Things that make me smile in Africa:
– Whatever you want you can find on the street. If you don’t see it within a block, just ask, and the overly friendly young men would be more than happy to bring it to you. This applies to all things- furniture, papayas, beach toys, mosquito nets, fresh fish, fake plants, kitchen mops. I have officially seen all of these things balanced on heads/ bikes/ trees with a very eager salesperson nearby.
– Inconsistency that keeps everything feeling new, for better or for worse. Same restaurants, different printings of the same menus. Same products, different street vendors putting a new twist on it.
– This cell phone nation! Multiple cell phones per person for logical reasons about networks and deals, but ridiculous to see people schlepping around 3 phones and using them all! Also, the array of cell phone ring tones and the exceptionally long time that they let their phones ring, to allow me to fully appreciate the ring tone.
– Sometimes the lack of A to B logic. At my new house here we got a local friend to sew drapes for the front windows. The drapes ended up about 4 inches too short, defeating the purpose entirely. Timo, the German owner, asked her why the drapes were made too short, and she said that he, Timo, must have changed the windows in the meantime.
Living never ceases to keep me on my toes, my eyes still as wide as ever and the flow of life here sinking in slowly but steadily.
I have now moved into a shared house with 2 Germans, 1 Burkinabé local and many many cockroaches. With the heat, mosquito nets and creepy crawlers, it is now much more of an adventure than the air conditioned hotel, but I can cook for myself and the other housemates have a great sense of humour.
New house, new internet capabilities. Pictures to come soon…