The Guinean Life
I really want to describe what it's like living here in Guinea, but I'm becoming too accostom to it. I'm having a difficult time remembering things that are not exactly normal by our american standards, but I got some suggestions from other PCVs.
Trip to the Bank
In and out usually 5-10 minutes. Occasional long waits on Pay Day...by long I mean a half hour
Massive globs of people. No real lines persay. Our trip took 3 hours
Banking is very private and confindential. You have at least 5 feet of personal space.
What's personal space?!? We created a 5 person human barrior to keep people away as anyone can easily read the computer containing your information (also helped in keeping a first come firt served policy that is not widely recognized here).
Trip to the Market
Make a list of what you need and go bye it without any hassle
Walk past street venders seeling numerous items in search for what you need. All the while you are fighting mobs of people wanting you to buy their items.
1.Find what you need
2. Bargain price which takes loads of patience
3. Price still too high
4. Move on to another vender
5. Repeat steps 1-4 several times until you realize the first guy gave you the best price
6. Humbly return
Today we went to get a taxi downtown. We were told the price was about 6,000-7,000 FG, but the driver tries to make us pay 28,000 FG After long discussions we finally decide on 15,000FG (because of increased gas prices) On the way back we paid 6,000 without even bargaining. No I'm not bitter
What's my biggest frustration?? I'd have to say it's the men. Fisrt of all men have a different view of a woman's place in the world. The women are carring the majority of the work load, yet they are treated only slightly better than children. Women need to be Disciplined by their husbands. I've already know several women who have been beaten since I've arrived here. I remember one night I went outside for fresh air and heard blood curdling screams coming from the next village. What can you do? Not much you can talk all you want but you might as well be talking to a brick wall. Behavior like this is just accepted as a part of life and rarely questioned. You can however talk to the youth and they are more willing to think outside the box. Maybe one day attitudes will change, but not anytime soon.