- It’s very rare to find a trash can outside. So…the world is your trash can! This means that trash is basically everywhere, along with pollution from the millions of Zimmy Johns.
- Both the men and women wear brightly colored fabric with all kinds of patterns on them. Men wear pants and a shirt made of one kind of fabric & women wear a nice top & long skirt with one kind of fabric. All of them are made by tailors (which are really cheap), so they don’t actually sell them in stores. The colors make Benin more cheery : )
- It’s common for the locals to go to church in the morning, then practice Voodoo at night. This started when slaves would go to church with their masters, then practice their own religion at night. They don’t see it as a bad thing…
- Good deeds don’t really exist, they always expect something in return.
- I have entered stores countless times and found a person bowing down on a mat as part of their Muslim tradition. One time, Irina and I were walking on the street and we saw about 10 butts in the air because all the men were bowing down. I think that was the only time we were able to pass through that part of town and not get pestered to buy anything!
- There are a few “real” gas stations every here and there. But the gas stations here tend to be a table with a couple of different sized bottles filled with fuel. It’s convenient & cheap for the Zimmys…but I’ve also heard that these “gas stations” get their gas illegally.*look left. By the blue door…those orange things are the gas*
More cultural differences to come!