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You know that you have been in the Middle East too long when..

October 4, 2013

Recently I found a list called “You know that you have been in the Middle East too long when..” and it really made me chuckle. Every country has their own list but I wanted to share with you a few things from the list that are shining bright for me after one year in Oman:

  • You are not surprised to see a goat in the passenger seat of a car
  • You ask someone what time to expect them and the response is “insh’allah”, meaning they probably won’t turn up at all.
  • Your idea of housework is leaving a note for the housemaid
  • You believe that speed limits are only advisory
  • You refuse to go swimming unless the water is boiling hot
  • You wear a jacket inside and take it off when you get outside
  • You know which end of the Schwarma to open first
  • You give directions by landmarks rather than street names
  • You think water only comes in bottles

And here are just a few that I come across myself:

  • You make friends with people just because you speak the same language, not because you like each other
  • You know what the hose next to the toilet is for and how hot the water can get eeekkk!
  • You spend more a month running the AC in your house than you would in the UK on heating
  • You know not to use a gas station bathroom 😐
  • The idea of walking somewhere is completely absurd

Do you have any funny things learnt from living in the Middle East or any other new country?

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  • Reply Nadia October 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Every table in every restaurant has a Klinex box. You end up having hot sauce with everything. Coffee usually means Nescafe. A meal isn’t a meal without rice.

  • Reply The Duncan Adventures October 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Ha yes the tissue box on the table is a must, I forgot about that! So funny, we don’t do that in the UK.
    And for sure, a meal isn’t a meal without rice. 😀

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