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    25 September 2008
    You know you've been in the Middle East too long when...
    • You're not surprised to see a goat in the passenger seat
    • You think the uncut version of "Little House on the Prairie" is provocative
    • You think every one's first name is Al
    • You need a sweater when it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit
    • You expect everyone to own a mobile phone
    • Your idea of housework is leaving a list for the houseboy
    • You believe that speed limits are only advisory
    • You expect all police to drive BMWs or Merc's
    • You know whether you are within missile range of Iraq
    • You believe that the definition of a nanosecond is the time interval between the time the light turns green and the time that the guy behind you begins to blow his horn
    • You can't buy anything without asking for a discount
    • You expect all stores to stay open till midnight
    • You understand that 'wadi bashing' isn't a criminal act
    • You make left turns from the far right lane
    • You send friends a map instead of your address
    • You understand why huge 4x4s must slow down to a snail's pace whilst crossing a speed bump yet hurtle through a wadi at 100kph
    • You think that "Howareyou" is one word. So is "Mamsir"
    • You think it perfectly normal to have a picnic in the middle of a roundabout at 11pm
    • You know exactly how much alcohol allowance you have left for the month
    • You have a moon phase predictor on your computer
    • You never say Saturday instead of Friday or Sunday instead of Saturday anymore
    • You accept that there is no point in asking why you are not allowed to do something
    • You expect queues to be 1 person deep and 40 people wide
    • You realise that the black and white stripes in the road are not a zebra crossing, just bait to get tourists into the firing line
    • Seeing guys welcome each other with a kiss and hold hands while walking no longer distracts you
    • You carry 12 passport size photos around with you just in case
    • You can tell the time by listening to the local mosque
    • You think its a good night if there are fewer than 10 men for every woman in a bar
    • Phrases like 'potato peeler', 'dish washer', 'coffee maker' and 'fly swatter' are no longer household items but are actually job titles
    • You start to say "Insha'allah" when you actually mean "No f**king chance!"
    • Habibi isn't just the ex-president of Indonesia
    • You overtake a police car at 130KM/HRA
    • Problem with your car AC or horn is more serious to you than a problem with the brakes

    And last but not least: Why are there no dishwasher provisions in local villas? ... Because in local villas dishwashers are 'foreign made'.


    posted by Bravecat @ 11:11 am   11 comments
    24 September 2008
    Sweden & Denmark
    Photos are now posted on my web album.

    I have so much to tell about this trip that it would never fit in a blog post, so I won't even try. All I can say - that was by far the best work trip I've ever had. I am still in awe. And thanks so much to everyone who made it possible, and so special. That goes to you Martina, Gaby, Lars, Annika, Peter, Guoji, Karen and about fifty others! And especially Jose and Susanna, and my Rainbow team - I love you guys!

    Can't wait to see you all again.
    posted by Bravecat @ 8:35 am   5 comments
    9 September 2008
    My birthday, my childhood, my favourite season and my sorrow for all things gone

    posted by Bravecat @ 7:11 pm   7 comments
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