I have become so desensitized to seeing families of four or five on a motorcycle, woman riding sidesaddle often holding a baby, that it doesn't even strike me as odd anymore.
Excessive trash on the ground has become so commonplace that when I come across a clean area, I happily exclaim, "Hey! This is really clean! Do you see how clean it is here?"
Our favorite Asian fusion restaurant has a bowl of Halls cough drops, instead of mints, by the front door. This is quite a common sighting here.
From donkeys on the highway, to packs of wild dogs stopping traffic to cross the street, you are constantly bombarded by odd and amusing things.
There are times that snap you back to reality, too.
We bought toilet paper.
In Egypt, the rolls of toilet paper are really small. They are probably half the amount of toilet paper that you see on a standard roll in the states. They are also offered in different scents! You can refresh your bottom with strawberry, coffee, menthol, vanilla, orange, etc. It's crazy business.
We got some Charmin Mega rolls. I saw a monster pack and I was super excited! They will last forever! Wahoo!
I eagerly distributed my mass of toilet paper rolls around the bathrooms in the house, and encountered a problem.
Our massive American toilet paper doesn't fit on the toilet paper holder here. We have to sit the roll on the back of the tank, use half, and then coax the half roll into the teeny holder.
It hit me. Apparently, I come from a land of massive, unscented, extra cushy TP. What a world!
It will be yet another culture shock to come when we reintegrate. Massive toilet paper around every corner!