As we transition from Kovol to Germany, here is a list of things that are ‘different’ during daily life and we have to get used to:

Filter water before drinkingDrink tap water
(or sparkling water)
Freeze flour and rice first to kill bugs. If needed sift bugs out.Use it
Crack each egg separately into a cup in case it’s rottenUse it
In the village, sit on the dirt/ ground Table and chairs
cough/ make noise at village doors to get attention, at coworkers house say ‘knock, knock’Use a bell
Walking inside the house can feel like an earthquakeNo shaking of the house unless there is an earthquake
earthquakes are normalEarthquakes aren’t normal
Keep oils and glass containers safe away from edges in case of an earthquakeDon’t worry where you put your glass containers
Grocery shop for 4-6 months
learn to substitute while cooking
Grocery hop for about 4-6 days if you forget something go to the store again
order and plan kg’s and bulk for the flightShopping as you like, if you don’t find something, drive to another store
Wear baggy clothesbaggy and tight/fitting clothes are fine
Clothes have stains and holes; you fit inIf your clothes have holes or bad stains, you are out of place
In the night there is ‘outside noise’ (dogs, pigs, bats, insects)Maybe some ‘car’ noises or a river but nothing sudden, loud or disturbing from the outside
you can’t have conversation at the table during a heavy rain: it’s too loudWhen the rain hits, it doesn’t affect you much as long as you stay in the house.
If noise from people comes from around my house, look outside to check for visitors. It happens several times a day.If people are on the walk way, ignore them. Random people walking around in your yard can be concerning
Internet isn’t reliable and it’s slow.Fast internet, very reliable
Recently available dish soap wasn’t so soapyA little dish soap and I already have trouble getting the soap off my plate because it’s so soapy =D
Laundry needs time… hand fill the tub for wash and let the agitator turn the clothes. Put clothes into a spinner. Put rinsing water in and rinse clothes. Put clothes into a spinner. I feel lucky I don’t have to wash clothes down the mountain at the river like my friends do. Clothes might take 2-3 days for dryingTurn on a button. Everything goes automatically.
Summer: save water in the house. Don’t always flush afterwards if it’s ‘yellow’. Mainly when it’s brown. Reuse laundry water. Turn water off quickly always.Even if I want to save water, I’m not worried it will run out.
Kids play outside, they are always dirty, and I clean their feet (or more) every time they have been outsideThey just walk in. Even if they keep their shoes on my house might not get really dirty
Floor and laundry water will always be dirty. Daily lots of dust comes down from the ceiling. It’s normalHouse stays clean a long time even without me cleaning it
It’s dark at 6:30 p.m. It gets light at 6 a.m.summer 10:30 p.m. it’s dark. Kids find it hard to go to bed at 7:30pm
Going for a walk, you are almost never alone.Go for walks alone or with others as you like
You almost always talk to almost everyone you meet on the road.Don’t talk to everyone on the road
Greeting someone on the road: ask them where they are going, or tell them where you are goingIf you know someone, say hi, but asking where they are going might be rude depending on the relationship
Packets can take 9 months.1-2 days
If I want to go somewhere, I walk.Use a car, train, bus, bike, or the underground….
Want to get out to town? book a chopper (or hike)Use a car, train, bus, or the underground….
Covid– what is this? Everyone has colds many times. Hospital, masks, covid tests, immunizations… are not available here.
(In town they are and it’s different there)
Covid always on the news, on people’s minds, many different opinions, resources all available

There are many, many more points I could mention. I am sure my kids have many, many more. But I have to stop somewhere….

I miss them….
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1 Comment

Wonita Werley · 09/07/2022 at 2:03 am

Quite eye-opening! Thanks, Natalie!

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