We’re leaving Kenya soon, and I must say, it’s been a great trip. I’ve ridden on the “Lunatic Express,” visited the ancient ruins of a Swahili society, and tried a hot air balloon safari. Now that the end is in sight though, I’m looking forward to getting back to the U.S.
Here are 5 things I’m most looking forward to:
- Seeing Friends and Family- We’ve only been in Kenya for about 5 months, so our friendships here have naturally been quite superficial. While I was only in Georgia for 11 months before we left for Kenya, I’m still looking forward to seeing friends in Atlanta. Also, none of my family members were able to visit Kenya while we were here, so I’m excited to see everyone over Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Driving- We don’t have a car in Kenya, and I’m very excited to have the convenience and freedom of driving my car back in Georgia. I really miss being able to drive to the grocery store and load up on a week’s worth of groceries. (Here, we are limited to the grocery store next door, and I can’t carry a week’s worth of groceries back to my apartment.)
- Feeling safe- Nairobi is not especially safe. Terrorist attacks are frequent and deadly, and crimes like car jackings and robberies are also rampant. My husband and I rarely go out after dark, which is limiting. We’ve gotten used to all this, but it still wears on me. I’m privileged enough to live in safe neighborhood in the U.S., and I’m looking forward to returning there. I can’t wait to be able to take walks after dark and enter a building without getting patted down by a security guard.
- Having all my stuff- I’m a minimalist, so I don’t have that much stuff. But as a minimalist, I also packed just one suitcase when we came to Kenya. I’ve been wearing the same 5 outfits for 5 months. I’m looking forward to digging out my other clothes at home. I’m equally excited to have all my books, my cooking tools, and my toiletries at my disposal. You better believe that I’m dreaming of wearing my purple corduroy pants and baking muffins in my muffin tin.
- Netflix and Hulu- We don’t have a T.V. in the U.S., but I watch T.V. shows on Netflix or Hulu when I’m folding laundry or ironing my husband’s work clothes. (Yep, trailing spouse jobs…) Neither Netflix nor Hulu work in Kenya, so I can’t wait to get home and catch up on episodes of my favorite shows!
How about you? When you leave home, what do you miss the most?
Photo By: U.S. Department of Agriculture