I’m gonna list a few scenarios, and list how a typical American would react, and how a typical PCV would react. After living in SA as a PCV for 10 months….yeah, there are definitely some differences.
Bugs are in your flour:
American: EWWW! Gross! *throws bag away*
PCV: Ehhh, extra protein.
Your electricity is out:
American: Oh no, I can’t watch American Idol. I’m going to call the electric company RIGHT NOW!
PCV: pulls out stash of candles and eats cold beans for dinner
You wake up with a spider on your face:
American: AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SMASH SMASH SMASH!
PCV: Ugh. *wipes off*
You have to go pee after dark:
American: goes to the bathroom
PCV: goes in the pee bucket in their room
You are offered free mystery meat:
American: Oh, what is this? Thanks, but I just ate.
PCV: NOM NOM NOM. Thanks.
You see a cute child asking for money:
American: Awww that’s SO sad! Here you go sweety!
PCV: No. Now go away.
You have a chance to eat at KFC:
American: Ew, greasy. I’m on a diet anyways.
PCV: THERE IS A HEAVEN!!! MY LIFE IS WORTH LIVING!
The water is out (in the home, or at the tap):
American: Calls water company immediately then goes to buy bottled water.
PCV: Good thing I have a whole bucket or two of water stored in my room, for such an event.
You have a chance to take a shower:
American: Man, this water pressure sucks.
PCV: That was the best thing I have ever done IN MY LIFE.