I am copying this from an e-mail I received from a dear missionary friend in Nepal. Jamie, her husband Luke, and their children live in Katmandu, Nepal. It borders India and Tibet.
She and her family love their life as missionaries, but there are many differences in the living quarters there compared to here. I am posting one example here.
Kitchen counters in America are supposed to be 36 inches. This is the standard. If there is a standard then you don’t have to worry about buying a stove or dishwasher or sink and it not meeting up with your counter. For the most part builders foll feet ow this standard. It makes it nice for the majority of Americans–especially the tall ones. When working in the kitchen you don’t get a backache from leaning over or sore arm muscles from reaching up to do something all the time.
The average height of an American is about 5.5 feet tall.
The average height of the Nepali people is just under 5 feet.
That’s a 6 inch difference. Which explains why the kitchen counters are 5 inches shorter than an American counter would be. This presents a problem for tall people in the kitchen here. I am 5 ft. 9in. But thankfully, was blessed with long arms. I didn’t even notice the counters being low until someone else was telling me that their back ached from having to bend over to cut the vegetables.
So you might know you are called to be a missionary to Nepal or Asia for that matter, if you have long arms!!