Necessities for Life as a Pseudo-Camper

October 5, 2012

Co-authored with my fellow Fulbrighter, Olivia.

  • Spa water– Like any good international travelers, Olivia and I have been filtering our water with our handy ceramic filter. Unfortunately, such filters also have a tendency to leave our mouths feeling rather chalky. We are lucky, however, to live in an area that has a surplus of cheap vegetables. To stop the chalk, we put some cucumber slices in our water bottles and voila! The chalk vanishes. Plus, it reminds us of expensive living and spas. We are fancy gals after all.
  • Running water– When water runs from the faucets, rejoice with the purist, gleeful laughter and a couple “Alxumulilays” or “Alleluias”.
  • African Buffet– For each traditional lunch buffet, prepare to create Mt. Kigali on your plate. You are only allowed one trip per price of admission (1500 RWF or about $2.50)
  • Deux Verres– When invited out for a coke or beer, be prepared to drink two. Disregard your overfull stomach.
  • Acceptable Attire– The acceptable attire for life as a pseudo-camper/out of the closet is as follows: oversized t-shirts, Chacos or shower shoes, sport watches, cargo pants, and Buffs. All around, we make for an attractive pair.
  • Power Outages– A lack of electiricity makes for many romantic candle-lit dinners.
  • Bug Nets– We always wanted those princess canopies when we were younger and now we put them up every night.
  • Dish Washing– Are you sure it’s not already clean?
  • Red Wine– A cup a night, we don’t sleep as light. (Best boxed, three weeks old and mixed with apple concentrate)
  • Weight Gain– Colleagues act as a critical mirror and remind you that if you continue at this rate, friends and family won’t recognize you upon your return home.
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