Even after two years, the neighbor kid still sometimes runs screaming at the sight of you.
You classify all your storage containers as either rat-proof or not rat-proof.
A Malagasy person’s evaluation of your Malagasy language ability can range from fluent, completely incompetent, and back to fluent again, all in the same conversation.
When someone gives you a time for something, there is one thing you are certain of: it will not happen at that time. Maybe two hours early, maybe four hours late, maybe never. This includes flights.
Depending on the time of year, it takes 35-110 hours to get to the capital from your site. Google Maps says it takes 13 hours.
Would-be suitors scream offers at your back, but turn and run if you walk towards them.
Telling a Gasy man “I’m married” is not considered an acceptable excuse for not getting involved with him. Telling him “You’re ugly and you have no teeth” is accepted.
You no longer have any standards for entertainment.
80 degrees is a cold snap. (
Riding in a taxi brousse with a functioning speedometer is so noteworthy that you text another volunteer about it.
You can sharpen a machete with a rock and use it for anything.
You listened to the BBC list Golden Globe winners and didn’t recognize a single movie.
After two years, you’re surprised you still have some functioning electronics.
People only want to know the time when you’re wearing a watch.