Here are the top 10 things I am looking forward to most about moving back to Kenya:
10. The smell of diesel and exhaust as you step off the plane in Nairobi. No other scent screams HOME like those do.
9. Fundis I am not entirely sure the how to explain what a fundi is. It is a worker or tradesman or artisan. Someone who generally specializes in a particular trade of sorts like mechanics or metal or shoes or wood or glass or doors. You are probably thinking “Um, we have people like that here Nikole.” Yes, you are right but they are so much easier to find in Kenya, they do a good job, and they are generally much cheaper than anything we would pay here.
8. Swahili choruses – the ones that you sing over and over again that say the same thing over and over again yet congregations never lose their zeal while singing them
7. Fresh food. To be honest, food has been one of our biggest struggles in Canada. Too much processed food. Fresh, organic, real tasting food is so expensive and hard to find during winter months. Meat doesn’t have flavour. I am so looking forward to having an abundance of inexpensive, fresh, local produce and meat and grains. Yummy, yummy in our tummys.
6. Coke in a glass bottle. It just tastes so much better than coca cola here. I think it has to do with the sugar they use or maybe that they put it in reusable glass bottles. I could drink it with any meal of the day.
5. Neighbours. Why do we Canadians lock ourselves in our houses? Kelvin was so surprised to know that we don’t know the people who live on our street and we have lived in this house for 17 years. Looking forward to at the very least talking to our neighbours in Kenya.
4. Friends. Friends in Kenya, we are coming for you and so excited to be close to you again.
3. Family. Kelvin’s entire family is in Kenya. All one hundred bajillion of them. Most of them within a 20 minute drive from us. Looking forward to our girls spending more time with their aunts, uncles, and cousins.
2. Passion/Purpose. There is something to be said about knowing you were called to such a purpose and given the passion to pursue. I am always humbled that I actually get to do what I truly love to do.
And the number one thing I am looking forward to most about moving back to Kenya……drumroll…
- HEAT! Canadian winters are simply too harsh for us. Oh sweet, sweaty, all consuming equatorial heat…I can’t wait to be reunited with you.
Sunrises and beaches we are coming for you!
I guess I should post the top 10 things I will miss about Canada…it’s only fair.