Day 2 ::: The first thing I saw when I looked out my window on Day 1 was a boy taking a picture of himself with his camera phone. Funny! That will be a great Facebook photo. I thought this to myself. I'm currently in Nigeria with my mother. My whole family will be here over the holidays, but she and I have the most flexibility in our schedules so we get to be here the longest. Yes! We're staying in a city called Abuja, in Northern Nigeria. It's a very developed city with cement and plaster-built houses, gated estates, and tons of billboards...specifically for GLO, the predominant phone network here. I think they might be a monopoly. Their billboards are literally everywhere. Seriously, its kinda over the top! :) I took a few photos of their adverts (advertisements) b/c their funny :)
So, in the coming days, we'll be going to other areas of Nigeria to visit some friends and family, but in the meantime, this is what I've learned through the windows of a few different vehicles and a house.
Gas: is currently 65N (Naira) per liter which is a bit under $2 per gallon. Sorry don't feel like doing the exact math right now, but $7 is roughly about 1000N in Nigeria. And 1000N can buy you a whole lot - like 10 bunches of bananas! Which by the way, i was told I eat bananas like a monkey.
Radio: Nigerian rappers use a whole lot of auto-tune! Yup, they lay it on pretty heavy! But its fun to listen to :)
Women: You thought a women who goes to college and gets a job is strong? Nope. Try carrying a baby on your back and then 3-5 gallons of water on your head. All at the same time. That's strong! These ladies don't rest for nothing. Reality check!
Cars/Traffic: You really need to be a good jaywalker in the city because cars will kill you. I repeat: you will die! New York City drivers would be scared to drive in this place. And it doesn't really matter what side of the road you drive on as long as you keep moving and trust that everyone else will do the same. Also, the potholes, when you get out of the immediate city and into smaller towns, are monstrous! They put US potholes to shame :)
Punk Palace: Is owned by a man named Charlie Boy! He is a famous musician in Abuja. He has a multi-colored sign on the outside of his house with a skull. He also has two motorcycles mounted by his gates. I took a photo of the place, which I'll post later. I would have liked to meet him. hehe :)
The Eagles: This is the name of the football team up here (football as in soccer). There are 3 eagles, actually. Baby Eagles - the under 17 team. Flying Eagles - the amateure team, and Super Eagles - the professional team. Way to stay organized on the names! :) I'm hoping to go to a real, organized football game before we leave the country. By the way, soccer (the real football), is and always has been way more interesting than American football. Just a fact :)
Oh! Also, i saw a red-headed lizard do 8 push-ups!
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