You Know You’re in Chad When…

  1. You have to stop for camel crossing.
  2. Cucumbers are shaped like baseballs.
  3. You can see a van full of watermelons.
  4. Seasons are not summer, fall, winter, and spring, but, hot, rainy, dry, and mango.
  5. Dust looks like fog.
  6. Avocados are twice their size.
  7. Avocado seeds are three times their size.
  8. Looking at colorful fabrics is like a game.
  9. Trees and bushes are covered in huge thorns, and are the only ones that survive when goats are hungry.
  10. Goats roam the city.
  11. Chickens also roam the city.
  12. Tennis shoes are just something that you used to wear.
  13.  Jeans as well.
  14. Fruits and vegetables are bought at venders that line up like a mini outlet mall.
  15. THERE. IS. SO. MUCH. SAND.
  16. Five languages can be spoken in one room.
  17. Your laundry is done by hand, then hung up on a line to dry.
  18. There are security guards outside the grocery store.
  19. Each small cup of tea has about a cup of sugar in it.
  20. Peanuts come in soda bottles.
  21. Buildings are painted any color, from blue to pink.
  22. Homes are made of mud and straw.
  23. The North and South are like two different countries.
  24. “Fresh” fish are sold on the side of the road.
  25. The rainy season is like living in the middle of a lake.
  26. EVERYBODY wants to sell you something.
  27. Pineapple is served with the core.
  28. It’s normal for a goat to ride on a motorcycle, but it is not normal for a dog to ride in a car.
  29. Coke comes in the old glass bottles.
  30. Your milk is made of milk powder and water.
  31. Watermelons  and grapes  have seeds in them.
  32. You can ride on top, outside, or half-in-half-out of a car, without being pulled over.
  33. Truck loads  are piled up as high as a two story building.
  34. You can get a job shoveling sand off the road.
  35. You can buy something, and pay for it with a bill that has the number 10,000 on it.
  36. You don’t buy clothes, you get fabric and go to a tailor.
  37. Anything can be carried on you’re head.
  38. There are WAY more motorcycles than cars.
  39. You’re really lucky to find “cute” clothes.
  40. The roads are so bumpy, it feels like there aren’t any roads at all.
  41. Vegetables are often bought by kilo not number.
  42. Chocolate melts before they are even sold.
  43. Meals are always hot.
  44. Pumpkins come in tan.
  45. Corn is not sweet corn.
  46. Your baby is always on your back.
  47. Donkeys are a mod of transportation.
  48. So are Camels.
  49. Cold showers in the cold season are your nightmare.
  50. You will sweat through your shirt.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading lovelies!! I work hard on this one, so I hope you enjoyed it!!

Click here to read my post 20 Things Missionaries Know to be too True

Lots of Love – Abby<3

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14 thoughts on “You Know You’re in Chad When…

  1. Enjoyed your post! Reminds me of many past experiences I also experienced. To this day I’m not a huge fan of milk after drinking powdered milk! I love good just right cold mangoes!! Yummy! Not a fan of harmenton dust but it often brought some cooler weather for us. Since
    you live relatively close to the Sahara Dessert you will have sand. Our backyard was very sandy growing up- even only about 150 some miles south of you.
    Once I get to see you again it will be fun to talk about some of these memories.
    Take care. We are waiting for spring to really get here now!
    A friend, Margarethe Swanson

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  2. Tell me more of the camel and donkeys. Oh and if you have pics I would love to see those too! Thanks for sharing Ab. I do the same as Bree’s mom. Oh Abby posted…. drop everything! Love you!

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    1. Haha that’s so sweet☺️ well we don’t see many of those animals in the city, but on our couple trips out of the city they are common.

      The camels are in huge groups that usually have one or two Shepard. The donkeys are usually in groups of a few or just one. Lots of families in the village each have a donkey.

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  3. Abby, powdered milk isn’t so bad. That is the only kind of milk we had growing up; of course it tastes much better when it is cold! Also, if the seasons of summer, fall, winter, and spring are hot, wet, dry and mango there, does that mean as of March 20 you are in the season of “mango?” I assume that means mangoes are “in season.” Picking ripe mangoes straight from the tree is delicious! I got to experience that when I was in Belize.

    Love you,

    Aunt Ann

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    1. Haha the powdered milk isn’t for me so I can’t wait for good milk in the states! Mango and hot season are basically that same thing, and yes. They are just coming into season now. I am not a huge fan of them, which is sad because they are very plentiful!!

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  4. Abby, I always stop whatever I am doing when I see a post from you! You have an amazing gift – the way you write and express yourself through this blog is inspiring. We are praying for all of you and your posts help us do that. I especially like when you share your thoughts on God and how he is using this experience in your life. Your trust in Him will give you amazing insights! What a blessing to witness Him working in your life. Lots of love & prayers,

    Mrs. Borgen (Bree’s mom)

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