Life in the village is an interesting one.
You will attest to this if you occasionally travel to your rural hometown and interact with the locals.
People who are brought up in the countryside carry out activities in a totally different manner compared to those in big towns and cities.
If you all over a sudden relocate to the village, after a long stay in the city, trust me, you will struggle to adjust to the environment there.
Here are some things only those who grew up in the village can understand well:
1. Use of bicycles for transport
Always interesting to see an old man carrying his wife on a bicycle, while telling stories in the local dialect, or women using bicycles to transport goods such as firewood.
2. No Wi-Fi or poor internet
Your smartphone will be useless in the rural area, where even 3G internet connection is a problem. When you enter the house, you cannot make phone calls because, no network. In some areas you have to move towards a hill for your phone to pick up the network.
3. Muddy, impassable roads when it rains
4. No use of phone alarms, people wake up when alerted by C@.cks crowing
5. Village discos
Young boys drink local brews and alcohol as if they are doing it for the last time. Discomatangas (during funerals) are characterized by fights, mostly for girls, by boys in their adolescent stage.
6. Watching news/football in local bars
7. All shops and kiosks close as early as 5pm
You have to do your little shopping early, or else you will sleep hungry.
Image: Flickr (Travel Places)
8. Fetching water from the river, swimming and washing clothes there
Image: ourworld.unu.edu, Peter Bregg