I’ve been slowly adding to this list as time goes by, but I think it will continue to grow…
Wierd things that happen in West Africa
1.) My alarm clock is a guy singing Arabic over a micorphone. There are 5 calls to prayer every day, but since schedules vary, there are usually more than 10 calls every day, starting as early as 4 am.
2.) Women tie their new born babies and all the way up to 5 year old children on their backs with a cloth, and theyre forced to follow them around everywhere they go and usually you dont even notice them.
3.) People brush their teeth with sticks… like small, wooden root things that they chew to pieces.
4.) Horse drawn carriages collect the garbage, and the horse working are always calm stallions.
5.) Taxis have horse tails and buses are painted with horse heads
6.) People are usually dressed really well, everyone has a cell phone, but still they usually live in shacks without water or electricity
7.) People can’t count or add very well. Have exact change and buy one thing at a time.
8.) Touristy places, like hotels and restaurants, are usually empty and expensive, so its like paying for a private pool party wherever you go.
9.) Every country is scared of the next and advises you to stay within their borders
10.) People hit eachother alot, in a very violent way, to show affection and tease eachother.
11.) Goats live on the roof and patios of peoples houses
12.) Childre like to be given pens or candies
13.) Africans can see perfectly at night, and recognize faces in the pitch dark
14.) Buses always take 2x longer
15.) The guards job at every residence is ironic since they’re actually doing most of the crime… They end up knowing too much, earning too little, and I guess give in to temptation.
16.) People here really like my hair, and I get asked if they can touch it or if I would sell it.
17.) Africans are afraid of water and dogs, especially big, barking dogs.
18.) Oxen herds roam the highway, and everywhere else actually.
19.) Celine Dion is always on the radio. Her French songs play in French West Africa, and her English songs in the anglophone countries.
20.) Sitting cross-legged is impolite. Sit with your knees together and a straight back anyone in front of any official.
But, these wierd things have all become less and less wierd as I get used to them, so now their just regular normalities Ill probably miss when I leave this place…