Saturday, October 14, 2006

This is going to be a fun one...

I am learning firsthand about the lack of privacy this country has, whether I like it or not. I am in an internet cafe right now, since I am waiting to get a connection in my apartment, and this is the third attempt at posting this thought. I came a few days ago to check my email and after a few minutes, I had two guys with their chins almost resting on either shoulder reading out loud what I had received from my sister and was asking questions about everything. The first time was funny, but I came back the next day to post this and they were back for a few minutes at a time. I even added a few written pauses to say they were back, and at one point I thought about posting what I had and saying I would have to finish it later, but one of them pulled up a chair and proceded to do the same thing he was doing, but this time he did not come and go sporadically.

After a few minutes, I told him that in my culture to read someone else's mail is extremely rude and his only response was "There are many people who come to this place and I think many of them will read your emails." I continued to argue with him for a little bit, but I don't think he understood. After I went home, I bypassed the authority of my landlord, bulding supervisor, and president of the something-or-other association and applied for a connection. Hopefully it will come in soon.

Oh, and another thing, I was asked at least three times this week why I had spots on my arms, so I had to explain what freckles were, partially in the local language :)

2 comments:

Sunshine said...

oh man! that's hysterical! i love it! it still gets me that people don't know what freckles are...that's crazy...

SouthAsiaRocks said...

Adam and I were cracking up about your post! Mostly b/c we can relate :) hahaha... Adam has freckles and has really tried to explain them to people... my friends call them "dark spots" and say the only way to remove them is with "Fair & Lovely"... hmmm... wanna try some skin bleaching?
Hope you get the internet soon :) But then again... without the internet, your stories are pretty good :) hahaha - have fun!