Re-post: You know U lived in Khartoum when…

– you went to Afra Mall for your first week but never went back after. 
– your main work from Monday to Wednesday is to find out how to place your name on a guest list for a Thursday evening party.
– the DJ for those parties was Seif. 
– you think that 35 to 39° C is a good outside temperature. 
– you were involved / witnessed rickshaw crash. 
– you had 2 occasions in a year to wear a sweater. 
– every Friday morning you take breakfast to Ozone and say hello to everybody out there. 
– after that you go to the swimming pool at the Sudan German club, and complain about the huge number of people in the water.
– you know that Al Hawi is cheaper than Amarat centre.- you have something coming from the small Omdurman leather shop (you think it is a secret address but everybody knows it). 
– you saw ashtrays made with baby crocodile heads. 
– you know that the French Cultural Centre is the only place for discovering Sudanese culture. – you hated at first but finally enjoyed non-alcoholic beer, especially the fruit flavoured ones. 
– you prefer Universal Café ice creams to Tutti Frutti’s ones, and Tutti Frutti’s ones to Ozone ice creams. 
– you live in Khartoum II, Amarat and Riyad. Elsewhere is another town. . 
– you enjoy to turn your air conditioner on 18°C only in order to sleep with a blanket. 
– you think that every foreigner in Sudan is working for UN or NGOs. 
– you still not understand why you have to pay to leave the country (isn’t it like being an hostage ? ). 
– it was quite hard to get adapted to the country at your arrival ….but after a while you like it.
– you have never read so many books in your like. 
– you’ve been drinking any sort of alcohol packed in small bags. – you employ and pay tradesmen to fix things, (air-conditioners, toilets etc) only to find it is A: still broken afterwards, or B: worse than before.

– the power goes out and you continue eating/cooking your dinner, even though you can’t see it. You know the generator will start up soon.
– you have created your own names for landmarks… Barista Street, Power Pole Road, the Egg, the Roundabout of Death etc and you use these names when
 giving people directions.
– you clean your white clothes in brown water.
– you start enjoying a hot water shower even in the heat of summer.
– you return from abroad, your luggage includes several bottles of “water”
– you see that the outside world does have more then one paved road!
– seeing people walking around with AK47 as norm.
– the words ‘bukara enchala’ makes you cringe especially when spoken about your broken ac!
– you receive daily phone call from people you don’t know, speaking a language that you don’t know also
– you start loving the wine served in airplanes or airports.
– you were sweating without doing any thing.
– you promise not to come back before at least one year and two month later, you sign another contract for one year more.
– you go for a barbecue on the Nile and you come back with malaria.
– you know exactly everytime where is the East.
– …
…and so on…
(all for fun….tratto da feisbuk groups)
source: here.

2 responses »

  1. mak aiii…terkejut aku tengok ko punya blog…
    bebetul ko dok kat sudan…
    patut la transit dubai…
    boleh la nanti kalau aku nak gi sudan gi lepak kat rumah ko…

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