Occasionaly, I realize that on most days I've accepted a new normal in my life here in Madagascar. Some of them may be small, seemingly insignificant - others are huge (or seemed huge at some point and time) and now all of them are just "normal". All of the differences between Madagascar and America - all of the "quirks" - are just...life. Since starting to plan a trip back to the States for Chesney's wedding in May, I sometimes think about what might seem "abnormal" to me now...
"why?" you may ask - well, let me tell you some things that are our new "normal"...
*sporatic electricty outages that range from 20 minutes to 16 hours - you have no warning, no idea how long it will last, and no one to call to come and "fix" it
*always needing change - the biggest bill here is equivalent to a $5 bill in the States...however if that's all you have, most of the time you'll walk away w/o the item you intended to buy or you'll have a seller who is bumfuzzled over the fact that you had nothing smaller
*ordering one coke at a time - there are no refills ;)
*no driving rules
*intending to order something off of a menu but then finding out they don't have it or the next of your two choices either
* it being as hot or hotter inside the house as it is outside
*being pulled over by the police simply so they can see your paperwork
*keeping anything/everything in the freezer that might have the possibility of melting or getting bugs (flour, sugar, chocolate, bread, crackers, etc)
*finding a substitute for atleast one item in every recipe
*talking in English and knowing no one can understand you