QUESTIONS FOR LISTERS WHO ARE FROM A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE U.S.
Inspired by @amieshmamie - I'm South African 🇿🇦
- 1.Do you feel moved by your national anthem?Yes! It is a composite of the five most spoken languages here. And it's beautiful. I get goosebumps every time.
- 2.How do children in your country get to school?Depends on their social situation unfortunately. I was fortunate to be dropped off by my mom every day. By far the majority of children walk, take the train, or any means they can. Many have to brave bad weather as they walk. It's certainly one of the many impediments to education here.
- 3.Can you succinctly explain your country's healthcare system and are most citizens satisfied with it?We have a public and a private sector. The small percentage that can afford it makes use of the private sector, which is of great quality. Medical insurance is big business here. Public healthcare is funded by taxes and has many problems, including the fact that junior doctors (such as myself) work themselves half to death, and that everything is in short supply. Satisfaction varies from area to area.
- 4.What is the best part of living in your country?I mean... We have this magnificent history of overcoming. And my roots are here, really. And it's beautiful. And... I just love it, I guess.
- 5.What is the worst part?Inequality which fuels a lot of tension. Corruption from politicians which is part of the reason the majority of our people still suffer. Oh and safety. Rape and murder are so common here and I hate living in fear.
- 6.Are their accents within the languages you speak?We have 11 official languages so yes! Accents vary and I think it's part of the reason I don't have trouble understanding accents from around the world. Generally people who speak English with a heavy accent are looked down upon as uneducated, which is quite unfair.
- 7.The overall impression your country has of the US?They think all Americans are filthy rich 😂
- 8.Have you ever lived in another country?Not exactly. I lived on a ship for four months once. I can't really comment on differences because there were so many different nationalities. But I missed my country like crazy.
- 9.Do you hope to move to the US one day?I love traveling to the US, but I wouldn't want to practise medicine there (for numerous reasons). If I do ever leave for an extended period (safety and the economy are making it increasingly difficult to have kids in good conscience here) it would be to Canada.
- 10.Can you come stay with me?YES!! I love having visitors and showing people my beautiful country.