This list is endless – so I will just continue it in bits and pieces…
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The guards call me madam and salute us when we walk in the gate to our house. Completely unnecessary. And, frankly, a little funny. Especially since I don’t usually wear a military uniform or a tiara.
I do not answer the door. The very nice man who works here does. That’s nice. It’s usually not for me anyway.
They collect the cable bill by coming to your door and asking for payment. Cable is $12 per month.
The floors are made of marble. They are certainly pretty but not too cozy.
The phone in the house is not cordless. In fact, there are two phones and they both have different phone numbers.
The tv station we most often watch is in English and it has subtitles for all the shows – yes, in English.
Turning on the oven – okay, this is not an easy task. First you turn on the outlet. Yes, the outlet. Then you turn on the oven. Then you set the timer (it will not come on without the timer on.) Then you set the temperature. The temperature is in Celsius – I was not a math major. I was an English major and it is hard enough to spell Celsius much less convert Fahrenheit to it.
To turn off the oven – I have learned to just unplug it.
The microwave does not have a light inside of it or a popcorn preset button. What? That’s not weird or different – it’s pure insanity.
Each bathroom has its own water heater – and so does the kitchen. Put that green eyed monster away – they are (very) smallish.
There are not many people here who are overweight. In fact, most of them are pretty thin. A lot of them ride bikes – so it really makes perfect sense. I need to get a bike – but I would not ride it in the middle of the street. No one wears a bike helmet.
Electricity is not a given. The other day half of the house was without power. Some of the lights worked but not all – the same was true for the outlets. Okay. I asked Raju if we should call someone – nope, it will probably come back on. Probably? Yes, the freezer is connected to the line without power. Probably might not be good enough. It came back on.
There is always traffic. Cars, rickshaws, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, cows, and pedestrians all share the same roads. You can never really drive very fast.
There is a group of young men who play cricket in the park in front of our house. I still do not understand cricket.