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Mind the Gap American Style

I adore living overseas – so please take everything I say with that in mind.  Our home away from America-home is breathtakingly beautiful, the people are fantastic, and I’m not lying when I say that the food is the best food I’ve eaten anywhere in the world.  EVER.  FULL STOP.

But I also love going home to visit America.  It’s awesome – have you ever toured a Target after 18 months of shopping in various African markets?  I mean, Woolworths is fantastic – my favorite store overseas (and also  Marks and Spencer, whose chicken and stuffing sandwiches make my year, no lie), but there is something about having seventy-six types of salsa to choose from, as well as fourteen aisles of sugary delight cereal and milk available by the gallon that just makes it easy to relax with fast internet and the largest Netflix offering in the world.  SO MUCH NETFLIX, OMG.  How does anyone in America get anything done with so much Netflix available?

But there is one thing I dread about visiting America.  One thing that I can say, without a doubt, is a level of horrid that I encounter in no other developed countries.

The public toilets.

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Things No One in Zambia Would Say

There’s a lot more to travel than knowing what to go see and booking a flight to get there.  There are visa issues, of course, and those can be horrifying.  Then there’s the whole food thing – what can you eat? And are you sure?

It boils down to this:  if you know a little about the culture of the place you are going to visit, you can probably figure out a lot of stuff that might stymie a tourist who isn’t as interested in a spot of adventure.

And sometimes the best way to know what to do is to know what *NOT* to do.

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