I have developed some new habits due to the conditions here and I am surprised how fast they have become part of my daily routine.
There is no hot water so I shower every day in cold water. Most days are really hot so the cold water is just nice.
I rarely eat with fork and knife anymore. At work we normally eat South Sudanese food which consists of sauces, beans, meat or vegetables that you eat with bread.
There is no city power in Juba. I think there is supposed to be but no one seem to have it. Everyone has generators and to save fuel there are few places where you have electricity all day. Therefore I need to think about when and how I can charge my phone and other batteries. It took a while to get used to it, but now I plan my activities that need electricity after the electricity hours without even thinking about it.
You can only pay with cash here. It still feels a bit strange not to use a card to buy things. I haven’t looked at my account since I came but I am not using a lot of money either.
There are more and more mosquitoes at night and getting malaria is a big risk. So my new Juba perfume is the Swedish mosquito repellent “Mygga”. I use it every time I go out at night.
You cannot drink water from the tap and you shouldn’t even brush your teeth in it. Forgot it in the beginning, but now I keep a water bottle in the bathroom.
There are so many things that makes life much more complicated here. Like not being able to just go out and have a walk. Strangely enough I have even gotten used to that. It was when a new friend, who has been here for several months, started talking about how nice it would be to just go out and lay on the grass in a park that I realized that it isn’t possible here. I haven’t been here for so long and maybe I will find these limitations more and more difficult by time, or maybe even more normal. Either way, it is now part of my daily life in Juba.