Living the Multicultural Life

I had haggis with Scots on Wednesday night.  On Thursday night I played musical chairs and limboed with Chinese students (and Arabs and Europeans and Africans.)  Friday I had coffee with an American friend who is married to a Cypriot.  Friday night I attended the ecumenical prayer service at the Catholic church and sat next to a German acquaintance (and spoke German) and ran into my French friend and a lot of British people I know. 

afr-cup-logo300.jpgI rushed home to host an African Cup of Nations football party and game night.  I played Apples to Apples with Latvians, Zimbabweans, Americans and an Iranian.  (On a side note we mixed together our regular and Bible sets.  The greatest play was “God the Father” for “Cosmopolitan.”)  Saturday I took the kids to play football at the UN.  I chatted about table tennis with a South African and talked about French hip-hop, among other things, with our kids’ coach who is French. (He agreed to translate “Ghetto Millionaire” for me.)  Then it was home to get ready for the next ACN party.  Chris said it was like we were in college again, cleaning up from the previous night’s party to be ready for that night’s party.  I was excited because our Zambian friend was coming over to watch the Zambia v. Cameroon game.  We also had five others return from the previous night plus added a couple more Zimbabweans.  Unfortunately, the outcome of the game wasn’t what we would have liked.  Zambia lost 1-5.  The good news is, we know a lot of Cameroonians also.   Then, this morning was church.  I’m always awed when I’m singing “How Great Thou Art” with people from almost every continent.

8 Responses to “Living the Multicultural Life”


  1. 1 Anna January 27, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Hey, we sang how great thou art this morning, too. Of course our morning is your afternoon, but another way the world is shrinking.

  2. 2 Puss in da boots January 28, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    that’s the best part living in Cyprus.. you are getting in total mix of cultures and experiences – confusing, positive, embarrassing and so on. Like for the fist time in Cyprus i noticed that black people can’ t blush, but white people blushing is so visible. and when i blush and when they notice, i blush even more.. How embarrassing!🙂
    Then i got compliment from Sri Lankan girl, she was totally surprises that i don’t live together with my boyfriend as all people in west do that.. i said, that’s because I go to church..🙂 then i said that church has different valued than all other people. but in the same time, she said that people should not wash hair after sunset, then they get gray faster.. i have some BUTs against that..
    You can start collecting something from every nation you meet! Like we started to ask in every language how they pronounce the song of rooster. In mine is Kikerigū!:)

  3. 3 Chris & DeAnn January 29, 2008 at 8:41 am

    I had never thought of that before. Then how can you tell if they are embarassed?

  4. 4 Cheryl Mason March 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    WE HAD A MISSIONARY MEETING @ HURCH ON sUNDAY NIGHT W/PIZZA AND dEBRAND CHOCOLATES. oF COURSE YOU WERE TALKED ABOUT AND MISSED @
    THE MEETING. hOW ARE YOU AND THE FAMILY?
    wE ARE FINE. oUR BABY TURNED 14 ON jAN. 20TH.
    nOW IT IS 14, 16 AND 18
    i AM SO GLAD NOT TO BE PREGNANT AGAIN.
    cHERYL mASON

  5. 5 Cheryl Mason March 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    I got your web page news from church and thought I would try out this email.

  6. 6 Cheryl Mason March 21, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    dEBRAND CHOCOLATES. oF COURSE YOU WERE TALKED ABOUT AND MISSED @
    THE MEETING. hOW ARE YOU AND THE FAMILY?
    wE ARE FINE. oUR BABY TURNED 14 ON jAN. 20TH.
    nOW IT IS 14, 16 AND 18
    i AM SO GLAD NOT TO BE PREGNANT AGAIN.
    cHERYL mASON

    5 Cheryl Mason
    March 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm
    I got your web page news from church and thought I would try out this email.

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  7. 7 Cheryl Mason March 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    WE HAD A MISSIONARY MEETING @ HURCH ON sUNDAY NIGHT W/PIZZA AND dEBRAND CHOCOLATES. oF COURSE YOU WERE TALKED ABOUT AND MISSED @
    THE MEETING. hOW ARE YOU AND THE FAMILY?
    wE ARE FINE. oUR BABY TURNED 14 ON jAN. 20TH.
    nOW IT IS 14, 16 AND 18
    i AM SO GLAD NOT TO BE PREGNANT AGAIN.
    cHERYL mASON

  8. 8 Chris & DeAnn March 27, 2008 at 10:40 am

    It’s great to hear from you Cheryl. I have a friend here in Cyprus that is also named Cheryl, but she pronounces it with a hard “ch” as in cherry. I hope you ate a chocolate for me.🙂


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