Day 3-Saturday, July 10th
July 16, 2010 § 1 Comment
Today has been a pretty good day. I made it through my first night and haven’t experienced too much jet lag. I’ve seen more of the city today and come to experience how different life is on this side of the world. The streets are crowded with people, goats and other various animals, and lots of cars. If there are traffic laws, NO ONE obeys them. 🙂 You always have to be watching or else you’re bound to tag someone or something. The home that I am staying at is very nice for this city and the people call the neighborhood “Beverly Hills”. Ha. When really compared to homes in the States, it is well below middle class. I looked out my window this morning and saw trees, mountains, and poorly constructed buildings/homes. Men and women were out walking up and down the street, and the children in tattered clothes were playing on dirt piles. I thought to myself, “Wow, I’m really in Africa.” Nothing groundbreaking, but just the realization of this place was overwhelming…in a good way. It’s a good feeling.
One thing that I am trying to get used to is the staring. I get stared at everywhere I go, and understandably so. I’m a young, white, American woman in a city where I stand out completely. It’s a bit uncomfortable, especially if it’s a group of men, but I understand that they are curious.
My flight to DD leaves tomorrow morning, and I can’t wait! For some reason I don’t feel at ease in the city. Maybe it’s because I’ve only been here a day or two, but I’m ready to go to a much smaller place.