(stolen and slightly edited from my friend Rachel’s blog)
15. Become shocked when I see women’s knees or shoulders.
14. See a white person on the street and assume I know them.
13. Not get insulted when people shout mzungu (white person in Swahili) as if it were my name.
12. Not stop to look when I see a monkey. Or scream when I see a snake (yes, slithering under the door in my home stay house).
11. Throw an orange peel out the window. (I still don’t know how I feel about this one.)
10. Walk two miles to school to get internet and then literally wait 5 minutes for a page to load.
9. Not flinch at all when I see a chicken in the bus that I’m on.
8. Let 25 dirty children play with my hair.
7. Spend a large portion of my time explaining why I don’t go to church on Sunday.
6. Wait for two hours at a restaurant for my food and not complain, or receive any kind of apology.
5. Pay ten times more for a mediocre slice of mzungu pizza than a hearty plate of rice and beans.
4. Celebrate when I take a bite of food without finding grit in it.
3. Consider it a miracle when I find a bathroom with toilets, toilet paper, running water AND soap, regardless of how bad it smells.
2. Look at a 16 seat van with 25 people packed in it and assume there is still plenty of room to hop on.
1. Hang out with lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants, and hippos.
I feel like this actually really encapsulates a lot of my experiences.