i've been here since august 2007 and at this point i feel pretty well adjusted and kind of just fit into the fabric of things. sometimes i even forget that i look funny to everybody else.
but every now and then something happens that kind of startles me out of this "used to it" state of mind and i am a little baffled and realize that i still don't fully understand this place.
a couple of days ago i was on a horse cart...
guy on roof of unfinished house: hey! hey! HEY! toubab! TOUBAB!
him: HEY! HEY! ANSWER ME!
him: ANSWER ME!
me: [glances over]
him: YOU'RE UGLY!
i was a little thrown off and could think of no witty comeback and just sat in silence. since he was no clive owen or 1980's robert redford i didn't actually get offended or hurt at the affront but i was just kind of shocked that he would try so hard to get my attention...just to tell me that i'm ugly? i just don't understand it. i really don't. why??