TIA (This is Africa)

As a follow up to my “Oh that’s normal” article, Emily, Connor, and I also found many things while we were in Rwanda that simply made us laugh, throw up our hands, and exclaim, “THIS IS AFRICA!” It became a resignation of our American lifestyle, an acceptance of our African lifestyle, and just a way to appreciate the moment. Some were frustrating, others incredibly weird, and others were just hilarious. 

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LAUNDRY. Everything is a fiasco here, but this fiasco tops all. Suffice to say, we had a huge struggle trying to do laundry at the Centre, until we finally bought detergent and a clothes line and did laundry in the solitude of our rooms. For the full story, you’ll just have to ask me.

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Live electrical wires in the shower? Sure! Nta kibazo. (No problem.)

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When we went to the hotel in Uganda, there was a tail from an animal just sitting in the walkway. What I want to know is who or what killed such a large animal in the middle of a hotel garden?

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Hotels are all about killing animals. At the next hotel we found this nice little yard ornament.

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For any foreigner other than an American, this would not actually be a problem. Let me pull out my calculator before I jump in the pool!

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Have you gotten your daily dose of “vitamin?”

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Remember, always drinks responsibly.

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Wow, experts since 2010! That really sells me. Can’t wait to eat those mushrooms.

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A real sign in a classroom. Let’s teach those kids how to use their utensiles when they eat.

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There was a monkey at school in Kigali one day!!! The students reassured me that it was a “domestic monkey”– oh, phew, that makes it better!

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Party at the rear end!! I really wish the sign maker could understand what this means…

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Do the math

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This is actually really resourceful: a fountain made out of a water dispenser

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Porridge break! Part of the daily routine at school

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You guard that beer dude

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Shoot, I forgot to declare my chainsaw! (For the record I saw zero chainsaws in the entire country)

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Its a little difficult to read, but the bullet points read as follows: [sic] Any one who has recently traveled to affected areas and has the following symptoms: – fever -headache, -joint and Muscle pain, – Sore throat, Weakness, – Diarrhoea, – Vomiting, Abdominal pain, – Skin rash and red eyes – and mainly bleeding from all body openings Or has been in close contact with a patient presenting Ebola symptoms or a person who has died from Ebola should immediately seek medical attention at the nearest health facility. I don’t know about you, but that last bullet point concerns me just a little bit more than any of the others! So, in case you are bleeding from everywhere, you should probably go to the hospital!

 

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