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T.I.A. – This is Africa!

An acronym to explain the unexplainable in Africa

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Traveling in South/Eastern Africa blew our expectations away. Everyone was extremely friendly, honest and hospitable. We’ve traveled in poor countries before, however it’s more of an eye opener in Africa because of the huge differences in wealth and class living side by side. There were a few things however that defied all logic and common sense that caught us off guard and there was no way to for these situations to be explained other than simply reminding ourselves that we were in Africa... here are a few of our favorite T.I.A. moments.

  • Bartender runs out of beer on New Year’s Eve
  • Ask for wifi password and hotel staff gives it to you, but doesn’t turn on the router, nor do they know what or where it is
  • Without prior safety talk, a scorpion walks through safari camp while clients are all wearing flip flops
  • Aircon isn’t cool enough so hotel staff turns the temperature up to a higher number
  • Dealer in casino will pay you twice on blackjack b/c they forgot who they paid out already
  • New cycling safari advertised on website but once you get there they’ll tell you it’s BYOB
  • Hotel staff will clean your room before you leave on the day of your checkout
  • You can freely carry a knife through any airport, yet the second you step into a security line outside Africa, it is goodbye knife
  • Hostel staff will be using the kitchen in the morning to make their breakfast, and be annoyed with the paying guests who are in their way
  • Mini bus driver will head straight for police checkpoints without actually have a license or registration


Posted by Robin-and-Kevin 03:25 Archived in South Africa Tagged africa

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