Sunday, August 27, 2006

Subtle Differences

So here are some things I’ve noticed in the few days I’ve been here.  First of all, the standard of personal hygiene is, well, different.  It is not at all uncommon to stand next to someone on the bus and wonder if they’ve showered or put on deodorant this week.  I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but right now it still surprises me every time.  Secondly, I have seen one or two speed limit signs, but for the most part, people just drive as fast as the possibly can between one traffic light and the next.  Traffic tends to be on the light side because so many people use public transport, but those that do drive do so quickly, and with absolute precision.  I have seen so many almost-crashes, but never has anyone actually hit something.
  Me and Kyla, worried about the speed of traffic

They just come within inches.  Wow.  Third, waiters will not bring you your check unless you ask.  Last night Julia (my roommate) and I went to an ice cream place, and sat there for an hour and a half before we figured this out.  The place was closing and so finally we asked for our check. 

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 08/27 at 12:49 PM
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