Ten Things I regularly see in Africa
Edited to add: Pictures of women. This young
girl with a case of cokes has not yet learned
the art of hands free walking....but give her a
few years, she will. In pic #2 the lady (behind
the lady in pink) is carrying a bag of charcoal
on her head. The lady in pic #3 has a tank of
cooking gas on her head. I hope to goodness
it is empty as the full ones are very heavy.
1. Seeing baboons when we drive across the border to South Africa.
2. Crossing the border to another country (S.A.) in the same amount of time it might take you to drive from Magnolia, AR to Conway, AR or from Tyler, TX to Stephenville, TX .
3. Seeing all the things that African women carry on their heads (and backs). You rarely see a woman carrying things in her arms - her arms are free - she carries her burdens on her head. You can find them carrying anything from a case of cokes to a Bible to firewood to an axe - and usually she has a baby tied on her back.
4. People buying chicken beaks and chicken feet - to eat! They really do eat these.
5. Seeing signs cautioning drivers they are in a hippo crossing area.
6. Seeing poinsettias growing and blooming in huge bushes along the roadside.
7. That no one is really surprised when the water or electricity or both is off for long periods of time. (You just keep water stored up to use to flush the toilets.) Let me just say, even though it's not surprising, it is still very annoying.
8. You must greet people you meet with hello, how are you......whether it's the immigration officer at the border, the person you are buying bread from or the person pumping your gas. You are considered rude if you do not greet.
9. You aren't allowed to pump your own gas at the gas station. A gas station attendant does that. That is his (or her) job!
10. October means it's starting to warm up down here in the southern hemisphere! Summer's a comin soon!