One thing that really frustrated me yesterday, and is not much fun generally, is random people just asking for money. Initially it is a bit of a shock and you fumble through a reason to say no, because you are told that it is bad to encourage begging. Then you get used to it and just roll out a standard response. But yesterday I was asked more than ten times by children, young men and old men. It just got to me and I was quite rude to the last guy.
I think the thing that gets me the most is that it is considered OK. I know there are people who have very little altnerative, but most of the people look like they are doing OK but just wanted some extra money from someone who could afford it. It goes towards the effort and reward principle that I believe in. Yes, I am relatively rich and yes, I have had relatively more opportunities than people here, but I feel that I have earned my money and my life.
Perhaps this is begging is made harder because I'm trying to help somethings here. I've made a decision that my brain and effort can do more than my money. Of course people here do not know that. I'm a mzungu and probably a tourist.
It is a part of life here for a volunteer.