I think I did a pretty good job of packing to move to Africa for 2.5 years. I only had one extra suitcase…and I think that’s pretty acceptable. After 8 months there are a few items that stick out that I’m really, really happy that I packed. 1. Good Pocketknife I bought a pretty good … Continue reading 5 Things I’m Happy I Brought
For everyone fasting for Ramadan the fast breaks at 7pm. I’m usually out around this time and it has made public transportation interesting. One day I waited until the time was a little too close to 7 to come home from the centre. It takes me 2 buses to get home. I got one to … Continue reading Flying Buses
Learning any new language is hard. Some languages, though, are more difficult than others. Most people agree that Arabic is one of the hardest languages to learn. Even most of the local folks here I’ve talked to agree that it is. That is saying something. Here are a few reasons why. Let’s talk verbs. When … Continue reading Arabic Verbs 101
How have I not addressed these yet? In many of the cars, amjats (run-down mini-van type vehicles that function as taxis), and other modes of transportation you will find fake fur covering the dashboards and sometimes steering wheels too. Its pretty fluffy and always looks a bit like the matted fur of a dog that went … Continue reading Furry Dashboards
-Carl Sagan Sometimes, esspecially when things get busy and stressful it’s easy to get preoccupied in just trying to get through daily life here. I’m thankful for the things that keep the vision and the passion strong. Though sometimes these things are the hardest to hear. One of the older boys, about 16 or so, … Continue reading “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”
I guess you can’t really put any culture in a box. Especially in a capital city where not only African and Arab cultures co-exist, but also countless different tribes are represented as well. From my humble observations though there seems to be some interesting dichotomies here. First of all, if you are following the news … Continue reading Cultural Thing
Today is my 6 month anniversary in the desert! Has it been that long, really? How am I feeling at 6 months? Good. Settled, mostly. More or less competent in making my way around/paying bills/food buying/public transportationing. My Arabic is now at a broken conversational level. I’m pretty happy with that. It’s hard, but I’m … Continue reading Anniversary!
Monday was the first day of Ramadan–which is a Muslim month of fasting from sun up to sun down. No food, no drink (not even water), and no smoking. I was warned about a few things and am aware that this month is going to be different in a couple of ways. For the next … Continue reading First Day of Ramadan