Thursday, February 12, 2009

Things I've learned in South Africa

1. Ants are just a fact of life here. There's no getting around it!

2. There are whites who are Afrikaan & there are whites who are English, who were actually born here & may even go back several generations, but they still consider theirselves English.

3. AIDS does not have to be a death sentence now. With ARV's and treatment of opportune infections, it is possible to live up to 60 years with the virus.

4. Summer is the rainy season.

5. The grass seems to grow about 2 inches a day here in the summer.

6. There are tons of games you can play with kids that require nothing!

7. Sleeping without the tv on is possible!

8. The white kids think Texas is filled with cowboys.

9. My tongue just won't roll to pronounce some of the Afrikaan words.

10. You need to buy your jeans a size smaller if you hang them to dry becaue they don't shrink up & then you walk around all day hitching them up!

More to come later...


Lindsey Kaufman said...

I've been here about 2 years now and I STILL can't get used to the ants. It's like a never-ending battle that I refuse to give up on, no matter how many times Michael tells me to get over it! But flushing the little suckers or washing them down the kitchen sink is so much fun for me!

Jen said...

Yes, the ants. You must learn to peacefully co-exist with them. Oh, and rainy season in the cape is in winter!