From a volunteer living in Dominican Republic, I was asked to gather some funny or surprising stories about Burkina Faso from other japanese volunteers, as she wants to make a book with lots of stories about many countries. She says some stories that are of different point of views from that of tourists. As the book targets japanese reader, I'm thinking that the number of japanese volunteers should go beyond the number of Japanese tourists in this country. I'd be personally more interested in hearing from touristic point of view if possible. Thought I write blog, I mainly write about my daily feelings, readers of my blog wouldn't really get any idea about how Burkina Faso may be. Well, I don't write much descriptions on purpose as I don't believe that my writing is capable of delivering the reality of this great land, and what I can be sure is always my feelings only. But anyway, I'm going to see if I can find any stories.
Saying "kwa kwa kwa" for knocking on the door
Using masks, which look like eye-masks.
All kinds of fishes are known as "fish" no one knows or cares their kinds.
All the teas except green tea, are called "Lipton." Green teas are called "Chinese tea."
Have good eyesights. Glasses are for show.
Noon to 3 pm is the lunch break. Go home, eat, take a nap, wash ones body and then head to work again.
Before meeting people, wash ones body because meeting someone being stinky is impolite. In the hot season, get sweat and become stinky so easily, then one can happen to wash himself 3 or 4 times a day as long as there is water.
Dogs, pig, goats, donkeys, cows, chickens or guinea fowls are walking on the paved roads as if their yards. They come eat grass in my yard too.
Chickens are usually killed on the day they are to be eaten and we can through bones on the ground as they are to be eaten by dogs and cats. I've been asked if its true that in the world, 'packed meats' are sold in supermarkets.
For the most people fever equals to "Malaria." So many die from trying to cure themselves by taking medicines for Malaria when they actually suffer from other diseases like typhoid.
Funerals happen very often. Every week I hear someone going to someone's funeral.
Everything is something that is there in my everyday so naturally and is not funny neither surprising anymore but I listed things that I hadn't had in the places I have formally lived. All are the stories from Diebougou, I don't know other places. When it comes to Burkina Faso, I feel like there are so much unknown things to be delivered to the world before funny stories from foreigners' living experiences. In this flow of time that is very calmly passing by, shaking hands to greet each other, being called my name from almost every person who sees me, eating together from a same bowl, and sleeping properly but sometimes getting excited about the issues and discussing until they are being solved, and living to make the most of it. It's hard to describe how it's like living in this reality.