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Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 12:36pm On Dec 05, 2016
Hey guys. Following our successful visa interview, I want to inform the nairaland family that I and my siblings have finally touched down in chicago. We would be calling this place home for now.



Im so happy to have fled nigeria grin grin




Tips on how to survive the cold? Where to shop? etc would be welcome.

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by optional1(f): 12:37pm On Dec 05, 2016
thank God for journey mercy.
Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by Fidelismaria(m): 12:38pm On Dec 05, 2016
grin Congratulation

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 12:43pm On Dec 05, 2016
optional1:
thank God for journey mercy.

yes o! i almost thought the flight wouldnt end. 'twas so long!

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 12:44pm On Dec 05, 2016
Fidelismaria:
grin Congratulation

Thanks cheesy cheesy

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by Douglasdale(m): 3:01am On Dec 06, 2016
Where in Chicago are you??
Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 4:17am On Dec 06, 2016
Douglasdale:
Where in Chicago are you??

wetin you wan use am do? grin grin

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 4:21am On Dec 06, 2016
on arrival from the airport, we (in company of our cousins and uncle) went to one chinese eat out to grab some chaw. It was more like a buffet thingy, grin grin like the glutton I am, i went and piled my plate high on what I don't know.

see me settling down to eat


as i took one bite, I nearly threw-up


luckily for me, they had chicken and chips, i had to settle for that.

grin grin

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 4:36am On Dec 06, 2016
FRANKFURT


Our flight was not a one-way flight. We boarded from abuja to Frankfurt, Germany then we waited for close to 3hrs for the connecting flight to chicago.

when we boarded, refreshments were being served,

the air-hostess got to my roll and asked me what type of sandwich i would like, she said something like "cheese or celery"

i chose celery (because the lady seated beside me picked the same thing) grin

chai! i eagerly unwrapped it, took one bite with enthusiasm and wished i hadnt. grin needless to say, that was the only bite i took.

we were later served rice, with chicken and one nice sauce.

i turned on the screen in front of me, listened to music, saw one or two movies, slept.....

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see eh, the moment i stepped foot in Frankfurt, the first thing that hit me was the cold, forget that harmattan wey dey make us think say we dey yankee. this cold hit me to my bone marrow.

the moment we entered the airport proper, I was in awe. I had not seen so much white people in one place grin (as the village man i am)
everywhere was looking like something out of a fairytale

we had a little trouble locating the particular boarding gate for our connecting flight, though with a little help, we found it.

From the automated trains, to the ultra-clean and organized airport to the comfortable chairs, clean toilets, working charging ports and airconditioning systems, i would say frankfurt was nice to me.

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 4:42am On Dec 06, 2016
Pics

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by christijo001(m): 5:04am On Dec 06, 2016
PLEASE UPDATE EVERY EVERY MAKE WE COMPARE WITH WHAT WE GAT FOR OUR NAIJA... STAY SAFE

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 5:27am On Dec 06, 2016
christijo001:
PLEASE UPDATE EVERY EVERY MAKE WE COMPARE WITH WHAT WE GAT FOR OUR NAIJA... STAY SAFE

Thanks bro. You can ask me questions sha

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by YUNGLURD(m): 9:57am On Dec 06, 2016
i tap into ur blessing...I shall give testimony soon by his grace


@op, u shall make headway over there, stay safe.

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 11:51am On Dec 06, 2016
YUNGLURD:
i tap into ur blessing...I shall give testimony soon by his grace


@op, u shall make headway over there, stay safe.

Thanks bro.

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 11:57am On Dec 06, 2016
NIGERIA


So, I was a fairly popular guy in my school area back in Nigeria (not because of any extraordinary feat or something) but because I was to techy guy, the go-to guy when you have any issues with your laptop, phone, Internet or any thing technology. My course of study was nowhere near this field though, it was more like a hobby.

I didn't graduate though. I left my course of study (a professional course) and ran away. grin

News about my "janding" has filtered round, people whom I don't know have started blowing up my phone lines and social media accounts, even the girls who pretend not to see me have started jumping into my dms.
Nigerians are hypocrites though.

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by shaybebaby(f): 12:40pm On Dec 06, 2016
I am loving this. Do keep updating. Best of luck in your new home.

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 3:01pm On Dec 06, 2016
shaybebaby:
I am loving this. Do keep updating. Best of luck in your new home.

Thanks, I will try to update as often as possible.

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 3:05pm On Dec 06, 2016
Circadian rhythm


Considering the fact that I changed timezones, my brain (and body) is still trying to adjust to the time change. I find myself feeling sleepy when its night time in Nigeria. For the past two nights, each time i go to bed, i would just wake up abruptly around like 2:00am or so (which coincides with morning in Nigeria). I also feel hungry at odd times too,

my siblings have complained about the same thing though.

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Most people whom i have contacted on social media and informed that I've left the country are being all friendly and nice all of a sudden, some of them are not very happy that I didnt inform them earlier though. Im yet to understand their displeasure, If i had told you, would you have given me money to pay for my flight ticket?

like I said earlier, Nigerians are hypocrites

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by Saintsquare(m): 6:38pm On Dec 06, 2016
nice thread op...

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by shaybebaby(f): 7:13pm On Dec 06, 2016
FrankNetter:
Circadian rhythm


Considering the fact that I changed timezones, my brain (and body) is still trying to adjust to the time change. I find myself feeling sleepy when its night time in Nigeria. For the past two nights, each time i go to bed, i would just wake up abruptly around like 2:00am or so (which coincides with morning in Nigeria). I also feel hungry at odd times too,

my siblings have complained about the same thing though.

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Most people whom i have contacted on social media and informed that I've left the country are being all friendly and nice all of a sudden, some of them are not very happy that I didnt inform them earlier though. Im yet to understand their displeasure, If i had told you, would you have given me money to pay for my flight ticket?

like I said earlier, Nigerians are hypocrites


You are jet lagged. It'll take about a week for you to acclamatise to the time zone.
About being nice, you contacted them innit? It'll be easier for you to sleep believing they are genuinely happy for you. You would be for someone else, won't you?

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 12:19pm On Dec 07, 2016
Weather

Being someone who has low tolerance for cold, I'm finding it hard to adapt. The snow has been falling nonstop, im afraid of turning up the heater too much so as not to increase mum's bill.

The day we touched down in O'hare international airport, it wasn't snowing. But from the next day onward, I has been snowing nonstop.

I (and my siblings) were fascinated by the sight of falling snow on the first day. Believe me, you have to witness it, with time though, we've gotten used to it.

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The next person that hits me with the "you didn't tell me" line would get it hot from me. This is becoming very annoying. There's this particular female that was wonderfully rude to me the last time we had a chat, I kept my distance.

Woke up this morning to see messages from her, telling me nonsense about not telling her I was traveling. Being the savage I am, guess what I did?

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 12:26pm On Dec 07, 2016
Saintsquare:
nice thread op...

Thanks man.
Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by Ademat7(m): 3:02pm On Dec 07, 2016
Franknetter Y not create a blog? Like ur simplicity in writing and lastly think of what can help Nigeria in terms of information (.PDF .mp3 .mp4 format) u can send back home

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 3:05pm On Dec 07, 2016
Ademat7:
Franknetter Y not create a blog? Like ur simplicity in writing and lastly think of what can help Nigeria in terms of information (.PDF .mp3 .mp4 format) u can send back home


That thought came to my head a few times. Maybe when I settle down fully.

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 3:11pm On Dec 07, 2016
Food


One thing I've noticed here is that food is everywhere, at every corner, on every street there's an eatery (or something of that nature).

On the first day we got here, we ate out at one Chinese looking restaurant (I think I mentioned that earlier)
It was a buffet-like setting. In my characteristic gluttony, I took a bit of everything and put on my plate grin

After a few bites of my meal, the sauce from one of the ngwongwo I put on my plate mixed with the whole meal and I had to abandon the whole plate. Went and took another plate and took chicken, chips and fish this time around. Then took fruits later.

I'm rearing to go to the popular eateries like kfc, McDonald, Burger King, etc etc
(Yup, I love food like that) grin grin

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by Successjoy(f): 6:00pm On Dec 07, 2016
funny dude. mhen feeling the story believe me. Please dont stop...... grin

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 8:42am On Dec 08, 2016
Security and housing

In Nigeria, once you buy land, you can erect "manshon" anyhow you want it. If you even want it to be flying, na your land, do anything you want.

When you're done with your house, if you want your fence to touch the sky, your choice, na your house, na your land.

The reverse is the case here, the neighborhood I'm staying has only one type of structure, same thing with the neighborhood my cousins stay.

As for fencing, my house no get fence sef grin -no jokes. See road, see my domot. cheesy cheesy

Security wise, I was told that each house has an alarm system that's connected to the police station. When anything goes wrong, they would be notified juzz lai dat! shocked


Picture 1: picture of the alarm system installed in my house (blurred for personal reasons)

Picture 2: how close my house is to the road side.

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by dnacrystal: 9:30am On Dec 08, 2016
op, which visa type did you guys go? also at which level did you leave school? just curious o

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 9:45am On Dec 08, 2016
dnacrystal:
op, which visa type did you guys go? also at which level did you leave school? just curious o


Immigrant visa.

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by FrankNetter: 3:33pm On Dec 08, 2016
Kai! I wanted to fry eggs this morning.
The eggs are white! grin



The shells are white!! shocked shocked

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by Successjoy(f): 3:40pm On Dec 08, 2016
lol. hope you can cook sha? bring in more gist pls.
FrankNetter:
Kai! I wanted to fry eggs this morning.
Their eggs are white! shocked shocked

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Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by Originalsly: 10:58pm On Dec 08, 2016
FrankNetter:
Kai! I wanted to fry eggs this morning.
The eggs are white! grin



The shells are white!! shocked shocked
Lol.... it's good for skin toning! Kidding. Try use organic eggs... they are natural... brown she'll and yellow yoke...but twice as expensive. Bro..... you said it's mad cold ...and been snowing. .. but I'm sure your mom be getting up and going to work. Always be aware of her struggles and try to make life easier for her. While you're settling in.... if Permanent Resident... apply for a Driver Licence. We can hang out... if you have the time ...but ehmmmm.... I first have to get a visa! Following!

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