Last August I was at an internation service orientation for two weeks. There we met people on their way to a mind-boggling number of different countries: Bosnia, Madagascar, Peru, The Gambia, Guatemala, Senegal, Nicaragua, and others. I met one couple, Ted and Mona, who are working with Catholic Relief Services in Zambia, Africa. I have been following their adventures on their blog, which recently featured a handful of anecdotes about life there. They range from the comical situations resulting from the lack of birth certificates to getting compliments about how fat they are. Here’s an excerpt:
Standing in the bank teller line the other day the power popped on and off about three times before Ted reached the woman at the teller window. He was requesting a withdrawal and the teller mentioned that the bank was experiencing some power problems. She was unable to access our account on computer so, very politely, she asks, â€œDo you have funds in your account?â€ â€œUh, yes, there should be,â€ replied Ted. â€œThank you,â€ she says while handing him the kwacha (money).
For the complete set of anecdotes, continue reading Ted and Mona’s blog.