Almost every day, I have experiences which kinda make me say "oh man. I am SO far away from Canada." Sometimes, they are very tiny things and sometimes they are monumental. and sometimes, i even forget that that they are a little strange. like this morning... it has so far been a relatively normal day. Nothing too eventful. Except for the gecko hiding on my floor that scared me. and the fact that this sign was posted on a lamp post. Sorry for the poor photo (it was taken with my phone), but I am not sure if you can read it... it says "A night of war against satanic manipulation." oh great. just what everyone needs.
then, a fellow saw me taking the picture, and after a minute or so of conversation said "I would like to be your friend." HA. OK. Fine. And, I walked into school having a little laugh... that is one of the biggest cultural differences that is hard to overcome. no matter how long you can be here, it feels odd when a complete stranger will a) talk to you on the street and b) offer to be your friend instantly. And, yes, I do recognize that I am a bit of a abnormality here. Now, I do recognize that there are people who honestly want to be your friend, but there are also others who are weird and want other things (like money, or a wife). In a culture where it is completely OK to talk to strangers on the street, or have small talk with the person sitting beside you, you are going to meet good and not so great people. Most of the time... it is harmless. but... it is something that is challenging to overcome culturally. Mostly, it just makes me laugh. I laugh every day here. I. love.that.
You would also not see a flow like this just growing outside on a front boulevard in Canada. I offer this photo, because in the next few, you will see something that will cause a huge sad face. (that is my warning... if shocking things... um... shock you, just be warned.) I offer you this photo because it is beautiful and will make you happy. It is one of the many realities of Africa which is amazing. This is a flower you would never see in Canada.