When adjusting to life in a different culture it is invaluable to have folks to help interpret various phenomena.
Sometimes a newcomer needs to be warned of dangers they'd otherwise be unaware of.
It's a really bad idea to let Diana sit on that tree stump after the rain. Scorpions live under the dried bark and the rain drives them out...AAAIIIEEEEE!!!!! Thank you very much I had NO idea!
Do not rent a house with no fence or burglar proofing. And get yourself a dog for security.
Sometimes it helps to make certain activities go more smoothly.
City water comes in the middle of the night. Make sure you have a good tank to collect the water to use throughout the day.
(neighbor speaking to us after we'd expressed frustration at jumping through all the hoops to get a secured account and being denied regardless)Royal Bank likes to hassle foreigners. Come to ScotiaBank where I work and I will see to it that you get a secured account.
Sometimes it simply explains things that are confounding.
(Calling on the phone)Um, Steph? I have a question. And if you tell me what I am experiencing is normal, that's fine. I can live with it. I just don't know if this is normal or not.
Yes, Meesh. What seems to be happening?
(very matter-of-factly) Well, it's my iron. I turned it on to press my blouse and as it started to heat up there were about 9 million ants that started to exit from the water well in it.
(much laughter)Oh gosh, gyal! Yes, that is normal. We all have ants living in our irons, they go in after any moisture still in the well.
(very calmly and somewhat relieved)Ok, thanks, Steph. I was just wondering.
(I waited for the better part of the ants to finish their exodus then finished my ironing as I flicked the odd lagger off my blouse.)
For a while I have been kicking around the idea of letting you all ask questions about Trinidad or my time there in order to help structure some future Trini Tuesday posts. I still have lots of things I can come up with but I thought I'd throw the offer out there. If there is anything in particular you'd like to know about just put it in the comments. I'll work posts around whatever you bring up.
Happy Trini Tuesday!