- Riding in a minbus with animals is normal.
- Having a baby pee on you whilst on outreach is normal.
- Smiling at someone invites conversation and potential wedding proposals.
- Frill neck lizards are just as scary here as at home, especially when they are attached to your screen door.
- Having electricity in a 24hour period is something to celebrate. Get your baking done!
- Having electricity and water at the same time makes you jump with joy!
- Despite not wanting avocados, mangos, bananas on a daily basis you will still be asked. Turning off your engine does not invite a quick sale. Pepani (sorry)!
- Sindikufuna (I don't want) is a helpful phrase!
- Creating your own road rules is essential to survival.
- Riding a bike or a motorbike with goods to sell is a balancing act and should be rewarded!
- Ordering food on a menu is not a guarantee that it will be available or what you have asked for.
- Just because I am white does not been I am a money tree (however it would be nice).
- Apparently men are like trees you can just pick one you know!
- Your stomach is an amazing organ. It deals with some things (I won't go into details).
- Shaking hands with an enthusiastic CP child is very rewarding and humbling. It can also be detrimental to your fingers!
- Mice on sticks regardless of culture will never be eaten by me!
- I appreciate that nsima or rice is a staple. There is no need for me to eat either for some time.
- My name is Beth however Bert, Bertha, Birth will also suffice for ease of conversation.
- White girls can't dance.
- Goats are unpredictable.
- Paying the equivalent of $15AUD for Vegemite or Timtams is really not acceptable!
- Being called fat is acceptable - it means I have money for food. I appreciate you might be trying to say I need to loose a few kilos or that I am toned from the increase in exercise (I'm going with that option) but it is not acceptable to me!
- Working with kids is fun (who would've thought). Working with kids who have a disability and receive a new limb and can now play football again that is the most rewarding experience of all.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
The things people don't tell you .....
Living in a country different to your own presents some challenges, some entertaining stories and some life lessons. I thought I'd share a few with you.