Daily Life, Kenya, Moving, Nairobi, New York
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Too soon?

We’ve booked our tickets for our visit back home. We’ll be going in the spring. I worry that it might be too soon.

Don’t get me wrong. I want to see friends and family—I’ve missed them. And there are certain things that we need to do ranging from a check in at Memorial Sloan Kettering for J., to needing to meet with our accountant, to shopping, to other appointments, and more. I want and need to do this trip.

It just feels weird to go home before we’ve been here for even a year. Given all the reasons to go that I’ve listed above, I’ll get over the weird feeling. But I’d be dishonest if I didn’t say it was there.

Part of it is pure time. Should you wait longer to visit home? It will be just over six months since we moved to Kenya. Maybe it’s better to wait a full year? (We can’t do that and wouldn’t postpone just because the timing feels off.)

Part of it is the longing to see more of this country and of other African countries. We’ve done a bit of travel but not a lot. It feels strange for our fist big trip since moving here to be a trip back home.

I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on this. Is it ever too soon to visit home? How long did you wait? Am I just being weird for no reason?

Tell me what you think.


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