Top 10 Differences Between Benin and the U.S.

10. In the US, it’s 30 degrees F for Christmas.  In Benin, it’s 30 degrees C.

9. In the US, roads yield to potholes.  In Benin, the potholes occasionally yield to roads.

8.  In the US, you don’t run a red light because a camera might take your picture and you’ll get a ticket.  In Benin, you don’t run a green light because the zemijahns don’t pay any attention to the red light going the other way.

7. In the US, there are flights every hour on Southwest.  In Benin, there is one flight a day (five days a week) on Air France, and it only goes to Paris.

6. In the US, people wear baseball caps on their heads.  In Benin, people wear their products on their heads.

5. In the US, to carry a door, a ladder and your family at the same time you use a pickup.  In Benin, you use a moped.

4.  In the US, you drive on the right.  In Benin you drive on the right, the left, between the lanes, and the wrong way on traffic circles.

3. In the US we speak English, often with poor grammar.  In Benin they speak French, often with poor grammar. 

2. In the US coca is a plant they make drugs from in Colombia .  In Benin coca is the stuff we drink they make in Atlanta.

1. In the US, the locals avoid cars with diplomatic license plates because they don’t have to obey traffic laws.  In Benin, the diplomats avoid cars with local license plates for the same reason.



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3 responses to “Top 10 Differences Between Benin and the U.S.

  1. LOL, Rich, that was hilarious!

    And sobering.

    Maybe someday I, also, will get to see someone carrying a door or ladder on a moped.

    Can’t fathom living somewhere where there’s only ONE flight a DAY and it only goes to ONE city. Crazy!

  2. It’s Friday, and that means that the Sixth Weekly State Department Blog Roundup is up – and you’re on it!

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  3. Nice, I enjoyed that! Interesting observations about a country I know very little about. I enjoyed reading your other posts as well. Thanks for sharing!

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