Into the frying pan…

A few days after I first moved to Libya it became pretty clear that I was going to face a few problems whilst living in north Africa. At the time, and perhaps a little naively in hindsight, I thought the bulk of those little set backs would concern a lack of booze or perhaps my less than adequate training as an English teacher.

How wrong I turned out to be.

However, three days after I arrived in Tripoli and was introduced to my new colleagues and housemates, there were three main reasons I thought my stay in the country would eventually lead to my slow demise:

1) It was already topping 40 degrees and we were not even close to the ‘hot months’ of July and August.  Any time I was further than four metres from an industrial air conditioner, I would spend my time bouncing around like a befuddled toddler who had recently lost their mum. That or gently sizzling.  Occasionally both.

2) After my new school posted a particularly smug photo of me on their Facebook page introducing their latest teacher, one of the foremost comments stated:”Welcome to your grave”.

My school quickly proceeded to ‘Like’ it.

As did half a dozen other kind souls.

3) I couldn’t read Arabic. As such, on the second morning I managed to rinse my mouth out with anti-septic disinfectant. After a few swishes back and fore thinking ‘gosh, there’s a bit of a kick to this’ and wondering what other avenues Dettol might have branched out into, it dawned on me that something might be up.

It took the best part of ten days for any sense of taste to reappear.

No hint of gum disease to this day though.


4 thoughts on “Into the frying pan…

  1. philippaisling

    This reminds me so much of my start on exchange in Japan – grocery shopping was one of the most daunting things I’d done in my life up until that point! I guess, at least you know you’re surrounded by … uh … ‘kind souls’ in Libya?


    1. ajsadventureblog Post author

      Yeah, I ate a lot of bread, olives and fast food in the first few days!

      After a while it’s pretty liberating just picking up random stuff and hoping for the best though I found, how was your time in Japan?


      1. philippaisling

        Japan was amazing! My aim is to get back there at some point. As much as language and culture can be a bit of a barrier, once I was there for a while, it really felt like a second home to me.


  2. Jessica Esa

    I’ve used all manner of strange things on my body by accident and that’s not counting the Chinese medicine being rocked out because you say you feel a bit cold.

    Also being in freezing air conditioning then out in to 50 degrees meant I was ill for the entire 6 month Abu Dhabi experience.

    I still pretty much eat a unhealthy balance of fast food and occasional tentative cooking.

    Dettol should definitely add that to their marketing campaign though.



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