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On misunderstood directions

Traffic around Cotonou, Benin port
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Me: I want to go to the airport.
Zem: That’ll be 500 francs.
Me: What?!? 300 francs.
Zem: No problem! 400!
Me: 300 or go away.
Zem: No. problem!

We take off in a vaguely wrong direction. 5 minutes later, I ask him “Are we going in the right direction?”

Zem: Of course!
Me: The airport’s in the other direction! We have to cross the highway first.
Zem: No problem! We’ll cross in just a minute.
Me: Are you *sure* this is the quickest way to the airport?
Zem: No problem! No problem!

We reach the highway, and we’re definitely not getting any closer to the airport. In fact, a suspicion dawns on me as we approach the Mosquée Centrale.

Me: The airport’s on the other side of town! Where are we going?
Zem: What are you talking about? We’re almost there.
Me: What?!?! (I realize what’s going on.) AIRPORT. With PLANES. Not PORT with BOATS.
Zem: Planes?
Me: Planes that fly not boats that float. I want to go where planes land and take off.
Zem: Not boats?
The AIRport, not the REGULAR port.
Zem: Planes are at the airport?
Me: You don’t speak French, do you?
Zem: No problem!
Me: Do you speak Fon? (Fon is the predominant language in the South, particularly Cotonou.)
Zem: No problem!
Me: The airport is THAT way. Let’s go.
Zem: You know airport with planes?
Me: Just go where I tell you.
Zem: No problem! On y va!

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Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Waitress at RJ Bentley’s (never again)
  2. Community Assistant at UMD
  3. Intern at Alabanza/ TruePresence
  4. Peace Corps Volunteer

Four movies I can watch over and over:

  1. Pirates of the Carribean
  2. Mulan
  3. Jurassic Park (I’m such a nerd!)
  4. Auberge Espanol

Four places I’ve lived:

  1. Taylorsville, MD
  2. College Park, MD
  3. Grenoble, France
  4. Cotonou, Benin

Four TV shows I love (this one was hard for me!):

  1. The West Wing
  2. Animaniacs (oh, I MISS YOU!)
  3. Law and Order
  4. The Daily Show

Four highly regarded and recommended TV shows that I’ve never watched a single minute of (gimme a break, I’m living in Africa):

  1. Project Runway
  2. Oprah
  3. American Idol
  4. Grey’s Anatomy

Four places I’ve vacationed:

  1. Kitty Hawk, NC
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Budapest, Hungary
  4. Newport News, VA

Four of my favorite dishes:

  1. French Fries. I freakin’ LOVE French Fries.
  2. Fried chicken.
  3. Crab. Crab ANYTHING.
  4. Steak and potatoes. Dammit.

Four sites I visit daily:

  1. GMail
  2. AskMe
  4. News@Google

Four places I would rather be right now:

  1. Chez moi
  2. Hanging out at a workstation
  3. Tissue shopping
  4. Working on my internship project

I’m tagging Lyle, but I don’t know if he’ll see it. Heh.