Archive for the ‘Liberia’ Category

use your head

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

another unfortunate example of a culture lacking proper education- children here are taught to carry oversized items on their heads.

i was just walking back to the office, after another lunch at The Royal. a schoolgirl was walking next to me, carrying her backpack on her head! the shoulder straps were literally dangling next to her ears.

i guess those bags should come with instructions.

Hugs, Not Thugs

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007


it’s odd to be in a society that needs PR campaigns to teach the basics. and i really mean the basics. a garbage truck just drove by… painted on the side is the phrase “Sanitation is Dignity”. other messages on billboards around town include “Teach, Don’t Beat”, “Bury Your Poo”, and “Stop Mob Violence”.

i choose to believe that celebrities are cleaner than the ordinaries

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

two nights ago, i had trouble sleeping on this pillow. in addition to it being sort of shapeless, it is (uncharacteristically) lumpy in some areas. it looks and feels at least 25 years old.

so once it occured to me that worms could possibly be living inside the pillow, i had a difficult time using it (as i didn’t want worms crawling in my ears). last night, i had a dream about this pillow… we somehow acquired details about the history of this pillow and it turns out that Jennifer Aniston was the original owner! that makes me feel much better, since the pillow didn’t just come from anyone. and, as far as i know, Aniston doesn’t have worms in her ears.

i should sleep better now.

sweaters

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

did i mention that this country has terrible body odor? in my opinion, it makes Liberia uninhabitable.

any culture that doesn’t use deodorant will smell pretty bad. now, couple that with a country that has no showers, and rarely bathes. even that might be fine, if it weren’t also one of the hottest places on Earth!

everyone smells disgusting, but the truly horrible part is that i’m almost getting used to it.

the heat is on

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

although terribly monotonous, i sort of like that this weather is always the same. here, no one wakes up and turns on the equivalent of NY1 to check the temperature glowing in the bottom corner of the screen. they just wake up, put on a t-shirt, and know that it will be another f–king hot, dusty day in Africa.

where are my athletes at?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Any TV marathon i’ve ever seen (i mean a Running Marathon, not back-to-back episodes of Eight is Enough) has been won by a very tall, skinny African.
i guess i expected to see more people running in these streets.