Time for my fort-monthly (that word now exists) post… actually, maybe I’m not even that regular…
Heres some more random ramblings of lessons learned in this crazy place…
- When you go out for a late afternoon excursion and the bloke who has lived here for 8 years gets dressed up like an antarctic explorer, its probably a good idea to spend time to rug up a bit more than a t-shirt rather than make fun of his jackets and beanie. Freezing.
- Language can get you in trouble. Portuguese for Dog=Cão (pronounced cow), so while shopping for some cheap chicken guts for our dog a helpful shop assistant thought, this guy must speak english as his portuguese is so bad. He was helpful and led me to the Beef freezer thinking I had asked for cow not meat for my cão. When I rephrased the question of do you have any food suitable for a cão he just stopped and looked at me. And I looked at him. He informed my that they didn’t sell that here. I realised I must have asked “where is your dog meat”. Hmmm.
- Read the side-effects list of anti-malarials first so that in your angry/grumpy haze you can recognise those mood-swings are not solely the result of living in a different place.
- Saying no when you have enough money in your pocket to change someones year is very, very difficult.
- Just because you have no TV, doesn’t mean you will have bucket loads of free time.
- Trying to understand people and trying to be understood is really tiring… I think I have broken my record of nights in bed before 9pm from when I was 10. Even when I went out alone for a party the other night – “Kath, I will be home late, don’t wait up” – home by 9:15.
- Trees here have an amazing capacity to photosynthesis under a layer of dust about 5mm thick!
- So much of what I think is right and wrong is cultural, and so much isn’t.
- My wife learns language like a machine. I am jealous.
- Getting iPads fixed/replaced is impossible in a place where apples are hard to get to eat let alone plug in.
all the best!