It's nice to know your neighbours and greet them when you meet in the stairwell. However, when the stairwell becomes a garden, a stargardtiens have some problems.
Many kitchens in Kenya have only one light: centrally mounted on the ceiling. This sometimes makes it difficult for a Stargardtien to work in the kitchen because he gets in his own way.
Stargardtiens always take a little longer to realise what is in front of them or what is happening. This is sometimes unpleasant because they have no warning, are surprised and have to react spontaneously. But it also protects them from making rash judgements.
It is polite and decent to look your counterpart in the eye. But as a Stargardtien, that's not so easy. The customs in other countries though can be to one's advantage.
It's an election year in Kenya. The official nomination is near, the candidates have been positioning themselves for a while. Among other things, the president, the parliament and the provincial governours will be elected. As we were recently driving through the city, a colleague asked me what I think of all the banners on the houses. I had to ask what she meant exactly.