This is a popular explanation to many of the situations that happen around here. T.I.A.—This is Africa. To branch off of that, I’ve been making a list called T.I.L.—This is Liberia. So far I’ve got 3 pages of things….and I want to start sharing them with all of you. Please feel free to post your own T.I.A. or T.I.L. experiences. Here’s my first 15.
- You sweat all day, every day.
- You have a cutlass by your front door, along with a broom and a baseball bat.
- Your hallway décor consist of 8 body boards leaning up against the well.
- You begin to shiver upon entering any air-conditioned establishment.
- A pint of Hagen-Daz ice cream has a $25USD price tag!
- If you’re not eating rice or bread- well, then you probably aren’t eating.
- You have forgotten what it’s like to shower with hot water, and without wearing flip-flops and bathing suit.
- You use a bucket of water to flush the toilet, your sink is propped up with a stick and you spit your toothpaste into the tub; and you don’t use the sink or tub for their intended purposes.
- You drive down the road honking your horn—for no reason really, but nobody minds because everyone else is doing the same thing.
- There’s no point in using a wallet—you need a small bag to carry around $20USD worth of Liberty.
- You greet everyone with “ah-lo” and ask “how you coming on”—even though you already know the answer.
- When asked “how you coming on”, you answer with either “aright” or “trying small”—no matter what.
- You crave milk, beef and salad (or maybe that’s just me?).
- Any round, typically green-ish, fruit-like thing is a “plum”.
- You respond to “wha mah”, “chinee mah” and “auntie” and tend to not respond to “fin jew” or the Liberian smooch sound. (translations: white man, Chinese man and fine jewel)
AND....you are told there will be a 30 minute intermission from the internet while making a blog because they need to refuel the generator!