Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What's the Difference, Anyways?

by Glenn BroceWe thought it might be fun to tell some of the differences between Uganda and America (more Colorado):
  • We drive on the left side of the road
  • We have to purify our tap water with pills and wait 30 minutes before drinking it
  • There's no Starbucks here
  • No fast food [Update: As of Dec 2013 we now have KFC]
  • No American stores here (McDonald's, Taco Bell, etc.) [See above]
  • Dairy products are much more expensive
  • Fewer Mzungus (white people) here
  • Traffic is ..... disorganized chaos
  • Weather is much more humid
  • More beggars on the streets, from 3 year olds to older people
  • Electricity goes out a lot
  • Their English is a British/African accent
  • Distance is better measured in time taken versus miles away
  • Lots of bugs
  • Tons more birds, that are more chatty, bigger and make funny sounds
  • People are generally more polite
  • Most ladies wear dresses
  • Most people are better dressed (slacks vs. jeans, collared shirts vs. t-shirts)
  • Lots of pot holes in the roads
  • Length of day is always 12 hours 6 minutes- year round
  • Everyone has a cell phone, regardless of economic status
  • They eat steamed bananas
  • Soccer is king
  • Malaria is a real danger
  • Our friend works 14 hours a day and earns $2 a day
  • 1 pint of Hagan Daaz ice cream costs $24
  • You can buy furniture (beds, sofas, etc.) on the side of many roads
  • Boda-bodas (motorcycle taxis) are everywhere
  • Some people sleep at churches
  • Many people don't have electricity or running water
  • Goats run wild through the city- most of which are pregnant
  • The egg yolks are more white than yellow
  • Most people have manual dryers- the sun
  • Dish-washing machines have to be fed
  • A dollar's worth of money is in the thousands in Uganda shillings
  • Stores have lots of employees that are paid little
  • People are salaried not paid by the hour
  • Vendors swarm you while stopped in traffic
  • Lots of witchcraft