10 Signs You've Been Traveling in Africa Too Long

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Top 10 Signs You Have Been Traveling in Africa Too Long

1. You have begun to seriously consider the 80's as the greatest (and most recent) decade in music.

2. You don't feel truly comfortable on public transport unless there is a chicken between your feet and a stranger's child on your lap.

3. Your idea of a balanced meal consists of spaghetti, rice, potatoes, and French Fries, all on the same plate.

4. You have been there so long that the 2008 edition of Lonely Planet East Africa refers to you by name... "When in Kampala, stop by Backpackers and say hello to DJ the Canadian..."

5. You are sure an African child's first word is "Muzungu! Muzungu!", quickly followed by "Give me money".

6. You thought that Indian Kung-Fu Romantic Bollywood Extravaganza they showed on your 30 hour bus ride was a masterpiece, and a thoughtful deconstruction of modern social classes... and even more effective for being played at 500 decibels.

7. You regard price tags as merely suggestions.

8. You can't understand why EVERYBODY doesn't carry more things on their heads.

9. You are more comfortable around automatic weapons and shotguns that without them. (Of course, this could just mean you are American.)

10.  You'll gladly pay a month's rent to see a bunch of overgrown monkeys in a forest, but just let that poor, toothless hag in the market try to charge you an extra five cents more for that bunch of bananas.  It's the principle you understand.
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caringmomma on

OK Son Now I know this was from you
ummm so Africa has now become the love of my son's life. How wonderful and exciting.I must say you my son have become almost a house hold name around my small part of planet earth. Big waves on your review in the paers on Africa.Many say to pass on their thank yous and congrats to you....now get out there and see the world and let us see it from time to time
love Mom

thealfers on

We have been traveling in Africa for almost 3 months now - this particular post was absolutely hilarious, and incredibly accurate as well :-)

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