your first time in africa, part two
Well, the discussion surrounding last week's post on going to Africa for the first time was lots of fun. As William, whose fantastic Stood in the Congo blog I adore, points out, customs are different in different countries and cultures. I would never want to give the impression that I think otherwise; Africa is an incredibly diverse continent, and practices vary. The things I listed were what I've found to be common in the eleven countries I've visited, all of which are in central, eastern, and southern Africa.
That said, Texas in Africa readers came up with some great additions to the list:
39. Allhokie points out that, "Not everyone sits to go to the bathroom." Yup.
40. Katherine says, "To number fourteen I would add ciprofalaxin. The miracle drug. Don't travel without your cipro. " Katherine is so right! I never go anywhere without Cipro.
41. And, "Prepare to come home and be stunned by how short church seems!"
42. And, "we are quite sensitive on topics such as weight and skin color, which are not as taboo in many other countries. Be prepared for unexpected conversations!"
43. Euphrony notes, "Gray hair (which my dad has in abundance) is highly respected." William disputes this, but in my experience, age and elders are very respected.
44. And, "Breastfeeding in public is only scandalous in the West." (Clearly, Euphrony doesn't live in Austin! :)
45. Tauratinzwe said, "Anyone who drinks the water of Africa has to go back. (Africa becomes a part of you that you never want to loose.) "
46. And my sister points out that often you will be "told what you want to hear because it's polite and not considered dishonest as we westerners think it is."
Thanks to everyone who participated in the conversation! Anything else to add?