Wednesday 15 August 2012: Peps
In Tanzania, for some reason they called pepsi 'peps'. I don't think it's because they can't pronounce the 'si', because 'si' is 'am not' in swahili, so they must be able to make the sound? :S
I have reverse culture shock, and quite a severe dose of it as well.
Today when I was taking Alfie for a walk, I walked up to a road to cross, and just couldn't do it. I just couldn't get myself to walk onto the road. In Tanzania, there are far fewer cars and they all go really fast, so you know that if you see a car you simply can't cross. But here, there are loads of cars and the road I was trying to cross never really has any totally silent moments, so you have to judge the speed of the cars to see if you can cross. So I just couldn't cross it, and had to turn around to go home.
Later on, we went to Sainsbury's. 5 weeks ago, I almost certianly would've bought something, however today I just couldn't get myself buy anything, mainly because of guilt. And seeing 'Free water' at the petrol station made me feel terrible as well. The founder of the charity we were helping said that she cried for 3 weeks when she returned. I haven't cried about it, but I think this culture shock will stay with me for some time :/