I'm on the way back from my trip and this is the part of the vacation that sucks. It's going to take a total of 5 flights to get from Abuja back to Seattle as well as about half a day of sitting around in airports as well. Below are a bunch of last minute impressions about Nigeria and London (where I'm currently posting this from).
  • All the male restrooms in Heathrow airport have condoms dispensers. This really has me scratching my head since the only place I usually see them is in night club restrooms which makes sense since a bunch of hooking up goes on at night clubs. So now I have this impression that somewhere in Heathrow there is a bunch of debauchery going on and I'm not a part of it. It must be the first class lounges...

  • If you ask a British bartender for a 'Long Island Iced Tea', don't be surprised if he responds "We don't serve tea at the bar, twit!"

  • It seems I've picked up homophobia by osmosis while in the United States. I kept finding it weird that men could be seen holding hands together either for emphasis in a conversation or while walking without being seen as 'gay' in Nigeria. Similarly having guys sleep in the same bed also gave me a similar vibe. I can't believe I'm getting culture shock from my home country.

  • Do you know who cleans the streets of Lagos & Abuja? The street sweepers, literally. I was freaked out to see people with brooms sweeping the sides of the roads in both Abuja and Lagos without the luxury of safety cones. My memory fails me as to whether this is an improvement from not having street sweepers from a few years ago or this was just the status quo.

  • Soft drinks sold in plastic bottles seems to be gaining popularity in Lagos & Abuja. Back in the day it was all about the glass bottles, which were always redeemed by people. In fact, the price of a bottle of beer or a soft drink always assumed you'd be returning a bottle as well. It took me a while to get used to the 'wastefulness' in the United States where people just threw away the bottles. Of course, there were other places where the wastefulness surprised me as well when I first got here such as using paper towels instead of wash rags or styrofoam silverware & plates instead of reusable plastic ones at fast food places. Now it's the other way around. After doing the dishes at my mom's I was confused to not find paper towels nearby. I am becoming so American...

  • Thanks to a ban on external imports of various consumer goods we now get Heineken and Five Alive brewed locally.  Awesome!!!


Thursday, August 11, 2005 9:45:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Hi Dare,

it's funny that you are suprised that "All the male restrooms in Heathrow airport have condoms dispensers", because here in Germany (where I live) there are condoms dispensers in every public restroom. It does not mean that we have sex all the time, but if you need condoms, you know where to get them...
Hermann Klinke
Thursday, August 11, 2005 10:15:11 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
It's not just Heathrow - you'll find condom machines in the WCs in pubs, train stations, motorway services, shopping malls, museums, student unions, and even in public conveniences miles from civilisation.

Just about everywhere really :-)

I'm actually surprised to hear it isn't like that in the US. I guess it must be a religious thing or something.
Thursday, August 11, 2005 11:55:33 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Then there is also the grand tradition of the British Club 18-30 Holiday (in general as well as the brandname).

Young people go on holiday to sunny resorts with cheap booze and sunshine, to get drunk, dance all night and then have lots of casual sex.

So being able to get extra condoms at the airport is always handy. You might have pulled at the check in desk and be planning on joining the mile high club, but have your rubbers in your suitcase not your carry on luggage...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 4:50:44 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
They are there to dispense keys to the Mile High Club. ;)
Saturday, August 13, 2005 1:17:37 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I don't know about the relative availability of condom dispensers, but I do know that plastic recycling is now fairly common in the US. Denver will pick it up curbside, and my last 2 employers have had plastic recycling bins in the break room.
Friday, December 9, 2005 5:09:36 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Every post on you blog is a delight, keep up the good work.
Thursday, March 23, 2006 6:58:59 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
It looks like you are doing a hard work keeping you blog up to date, good job.
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