Sometimes (okay, frequently) things we take for granted are a little bit more complicated when living in a culture not our own. I’ve found this can lead to comical events and meeting awesome people (or finding awesome hot chocolate, see above). Cause in point, our night recently:
Burgers. I just miss burgers here sometimes. We eat a lot of chicken and a lot of eggs, but nothing replaces a good burger in my mind. Some friends told us about a burger place so Ian and I went on a date. The place reminded me of Five Guys and was really awesome. The buns were potato buns and purple but other than that, totally normal. I’m really excited to have a good burger option! All I’m sayin’, three kinds of cheese were involved, another thing rare in our diet here. Ian keeps needing photos of us for stuff and not having them so I’ve decided he owes me a “couple selfie” everywhere we go together, even if it’s just for burgers. Be prepared for lots of silly ones until we get better at this!
We also went to a Khmer bike shop to get Ian’s birthday present, a bike pump! Now, before you laugh, keep in mind in Colorado I gave him a bike pump for Christmas and he loved it so much he almost brought it to Cambodia! Here, Ian got a cheap one with his bike not long after we got here and left it downstairs for several days so of course it disappeared. Lesson learned early! His tire is flat so I took him to pick one out for his birthday. We had a blast, he picked one (which we carried with us to the burger place). We met an awesome family while at the shop. The kids were hyper and had fun practicing their English on us. The dad offered us a ride on his way to take the kids swimming. We had fun talking bikes with him for a while. Of course, the pump didn’t work with Ian’s bike when we got home so our next excursion we will have to remedy that. All is well though — our neighbors noticed Ian working on his bike and pointed to a shop around the corner that would fill his tires. Evidently a lot of Khmer just stop somewhere to fill up tires. Lesson learned!
At the end of the evening we stopped by a workout equipment place and bought a kettleball. I ignored the 2 thinking 2lbs wasn’t enough and so I bought the 4. Then I got home and was talking to my sister before I realized it was 4kgs, not 4lbs! Oh well, another lesson learned and it will be good for me! I am really excited my Lyme treatment is going well enough that I am starting to be able to work out again! I am looking forward to being healthier!
We were really tired this particular evening or else maybe we would have noticed a few of these things (such as unit conversion). However, cross-cultural living definitely keeps us on our toes! We never know what will be similar and what will be different. Aren’t you glad that God is the God of all nations and has it all under control, no matter where in the world? I sure am!