Independence Day and general observations
Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
30Trip End Apr 01, 2009
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In an attempt to summarize my first week in Burundi, here are a number of observations I've made:
1. People drive on the right side of the road, like in the U.S., but most, though not all, of the cars driven here have the driver on the right side of the car, like in the UK.
2. No observable traffic laws exist, but bicyclists, pedestrians and all forms of motor vehicles share the same roadways, many of which aren't actually paved.
3. A honking car horn can mean just about anything.
4. Mzungus (white people) are highly respected, though still considered a bit freakish, and must be loudly pointed out in case anyone misses them sticking out of the crowd.
5. Mzungus are assumed to be French speaking here since the colonialists in this part of the world were Belgian and therefore spoke French.
6. A bicycle can carry much more than we assume it can in the U.S.
8. We should never ever take the internet for granted.
9. Rainstorms in the "dry" season beat anything Phoenix has in its "wet" season.
10. The chasm between the privileged and the poor is enormous.
11. Burundians are extremely welcoming and hospitable.
So, those are the highlights from my first few days here. I hope all is well with you, my dear friends.