When night comes I beat myself up. What was I thinking? Why didn't I ask questions? What will I do now? Yes they told me Kenya is cold but I thought how cold can it be jare? Is it not inside africa?
Boy, was I wrong!
LOL, no it's not winter but it might as well be. After all at the lounge of my lodge there's a poster that reads: How To Dress For Winter.
It's so cold that I'm yet to see an office, home and even hotel with an AC or fan. My room actually has no fan or air conditioning yet it comes with a very heavy duvet that I clutch tightly at night, and yet still wake up with a cold in the morning.
It's that cold!
But I hear it's even gotten warm now, I hear July and August are frighteningly icy. I thank my God I wasn't here then because even this is too much for me...
The last few days have been a whirlwind of events, lows and highs, confusion and clarity, frustration and relief and ultimately, joy. I've been trying to settle into my new home and I think I've only just been able to do that.
Coming here, I wasn't sure what to expect but I wasn't quite expecting this. I wasn't expecting to realize that Nigeria is sooooooo far behind, and no that's not because even the weather here is like obodo oyibo. Landing at the airport and driving through the city on the night I arrived, the sights and scenes, the city itself is somewhat reminiscent of Dubai. I don't know about the rest of the country but Nairobi is rather very advanced, which is probably why everything costs a fortune here.
Last night while paying for a small bottle of water I literally felt a lump in my throat. Like, literally. I thought I was going to cry. A bottle as small as the small nestle water was costing me almost twice what the big nestle water would cost in lagos.
Seriously, the country is expensive. In class today my lecturer, in an unguarded moment actually cursed at the government for taxing them very heavily. But then on the other hand, their government seems to be working.
Then again, it could be that I'm shopping at the wrong places...
I've got classes through out the day, everyday of the week but I've got breaks in between so I won't be so out of touch with the blog and the world in general.
Oh and btw, Happy Independence in arrears. Nigeria will be great again. Our country is still as rich and as blessed as it was in the good days and I believe that someday things will get better, even better than before.
And I haven't relocated to Kenya, I'll just be here for a while.
How are things with you?