Last Monday our language helper called in sick. With the morning free we decided to pick up the mission van and get some errands done. One thing I have learned is that you never know what to expect in Africa. Here is what we survived in 3 hours out on the town.
– An Attempted Pick Pocket: Our day started with a man attempting to get my wallet out of my purse as we climbed on to a crowded bus. Thankfully I noticed just at the right time (thanks to my ninja like reflexes).
– Clouds of Dust: As we drove around the dust in the air was so thick that it seemed like the sky was foggy. It was a very interesting experience, I never knew there could be so much sand and dust in the air at one time.
– Lost in the Maze – As we tried to find one of our stops we got lost in an area of town we are not familiar with. There are no street signs here and any road can end without warning. I felt as if we were in a life size maze, looking for the one road that actually left the neighborhood. We eventually found it after touring the whole area. We did all this only to find that the place we were headed to decided to close for the day.
– Stuck in the sand- Then to top the day off our car got stuck in the sand because of a speed bump in the road. The nice thing about where we live is that there are always people around to help and no one really gets mad at your for blocking the road because that is just normal here. With three men pushing and some wood under the tires, we got out of our little jam and finally made it home.
Just another normal day in Africa. I am learning to just expect the unexpected.