As I begin to mentally prepare for the journey I'm reminded of some of the little differences that always take some getting adjusted too. At first they came as a surprise on re-entering the USA, but now we get to do the reverse on our return to Kenya. Here are just a few that come to mind right away.
- Re-Packing my Purse: In Kenya I always carry the following in my purse: toilet paper, hand sanitizer, flash-light, and small umbrella.
- Crossing the Street: In Kenya we drive on the left side of the road (as opposed to the USA where we drive on the correct, ahem, right side of the road. It should also be noted that pedestrians in Kenya do not have the right of way. This has resulted in me nearly running some people down when I first get back to America, and then nearly being run down myself when I first return to Kenya.
- Weather: Glorious, year-round, 12-hour days and beautiful weather in Kenya! Since being in the USA we have experienced temps that ranged from below freezing, to 114.
- Roads/Traffic: William and I were commenting yesterday that we should be thoroughly enjoying our final days of CA driving. I think I would need an entire blog-entry to begin to explain the craziness of driving Kenya.
- Food Prep: Here we have so many fast and easy choices. In Kenya you pretty much need to make everything you eat from scratch. This generally does result in a healthier diet though. So there is an up and a down to that one.
- Mosquito Net: When I first arrive in the US it is so strange to be sleeping without a net. Now I get to readjust to life under the net again!