I’ve been asked to give an update on how things are. What else have I learned? Has anything changed? What’s new? Am I missing anything?
As far as what else I’ve learned, I feel as though I am still in the phase where I learn something new every day. There are small things like where else I can buy vegetables or a better route between Point A and Point B. There are everyday important things like how the final rinse with filtered water did indeed help my hair. (Washing my face with filtered water has also brought my skin back to normal.) There are bigger things like how to fix/reverse a charge made in error using M-Pesa. (It’s an ordeal.) I’m still figuring out this country and each day I get a bit more knowledge.
In terms of life lessons, there hasn’t been too much new.
I am meeting more people, in particular more normal women. That helps a lot. I’m also getting to know more of our neighbors as more people move into the compound. It’s comforting to know I’m not the only one like me.
The biggest change and new thing for me is work. Having a job makes everything different. I have considerably less time for hobbies. I’ll be traveling a bit (I did a trip to Uganda for work a few weeks ago). I have a lot more social interaction with people and that is huge plus.
The job itself is good. The team is really great and it is so nice to be able to interact daily with smart, talented people. It gives me a positive human interaction fix.
What do I miss? It’s hard to say. I do miss New York, but it’s not so much the city as a whole. Nairobi has a similar vibe so I feel at home here. It’s not a general longing.
I miss people. I miss having easy access to everything. I miss walking everywhere. I miss specific things like my gym. Okay, I really miss my gym a lot.
We’ll be making a trip back home to New York soon (also to DC). It will be interesting to see how I feel on that trip. It will be interesting to see how I feel after coming back.
I think that sounds like a topic for a future post.