You Might be a Kenyan if…

…you use your cell phone as a flashlight during a middle-of-the-night trip to the outhouse

…a 5-liter kerosene container gets rinsed out and re-used as a water jug

…you carry gasoline in a plastic bag

…you are one of 5 people on a motor bike, along with a propane tank

…a motor bike can transport a complete living room set from point A to point B

…you put kerosene on your cat to rid it of fleas

…the medicine you get from the local chemist is labeled as a known carcinogen and is not available in the US

…you think that chewing sugar cane is a reasonable substitute for tooth-brushing

…you start looking for a hat and jacket when the temperature drops to 70 degrees

…you’ve never eaten cheese, chocolate, pizza, spaghetti, ice cream, or ground beef

…tea made with water is totally distasteful (because everyone knows that tea is made with milk!)

…cleaning the toilet consists of dumping a 5-gallon bucket of water into the potty area and letting it rinse down the hole

…a meal just isn’t a meal without ugali




4 thoughts on “You Might be a Kenyan if…

  1. This brings back so many memories and smiles from our nearly 9 years in Uganda! There are many similarities in the cultures.

  2. …you’ve never eaten cheese, chocolate, pizza, spaghetti, ice cream, or ground beef
    Oh my…these are staples in my house! As your previous post states, yes, we are spoiled!

    1. Crazy, isn’t it? Cheese IS sometimes available here in the “super” grocery…but only rich mzungus can afford it. 😉 We now feel really blessed to enjoy cheese a couple times a month. (I usually make pizza; seems a shame to waste it on anything else!) However, we still miss pork products like bacon and sausage as pizza toppings. You can get *some* sausage here but there’s no guarantee what it’s made from. 🙂

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