Trip Start Mar 18, 2010
65Trip End Dec 30, 2011
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I haven't seen Puss or Oren since the wee small hours of the 18th March.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a lot of fun along the way, but just like the last time (May – August 2008) my trip wasn’t designed around a holiday. This one was exclusively about work. It is work.
Yes, I’ve had a couple of sojourns to the UK and they have been great. Weekends on the whole have been great but there are things that have started to take their toll on me and my overall demeanour.
1. I live alone. I like living alone. I don’t have to speak to anyone before or after work if I don’t want to when at home. I have had to speak with people Every. Single. Day. since I arrived here. I like people, but sometime I just want to sit in silence and not talk. Not watch telly, not read. Just sit. I need to do that.
2. I love driving. I love riding my motorbike. I like getting up at the weekend and just deciding, 'Ok, I’ll go to the Botanical Gardens today.’ I don’t get to do any of those things here. Driving is a big no-no because of the traffic and likelihood of being stopped by the ‘police’ and being asked for a bribe, if not being arrested for not knowing the ‘rules’. And have you noticed the lack of tourist places visited. It’s because there are none.
3. This one isn’t really Nigeria’s fault, but it’s been compounded by being here because it’s hard to get it fixed. My Laptop is a several pound piece of steaming pile of poo. This is because despite having great hardware, when the insurance company replaced it (after being robbed in August) they loaded it with Vista. Business Vista at that. So it is always crapping out, not rebooting, freezing, grey screen of deathing and everything else that can go wrong does. Best of all...I’ll be typing a sentence and the cursor jumps to a random place on the page, so I have to watch what I write continuously. Ohh, and I’m having to relearn all the applications because all the menus have moved. (As previously mentioned, not directly related to current location).
4. What is computer related and directly related to location is the terrible internet. It drops out all the time!
5. The rainy season has started. When it rain here, it doesn’t just pitter patter on the roof, it pounds down with a force equivalent of a freight train. For hours and mostly overnight. Sleep would be good now.
There are other things, but will see ridiculous to mention, but as you will all know it’s the small things that finally tip you over the edge.
However, I don’t want this to just be a big bitch about how awful my life is, because it isn’t, my life rocks at present.
I’ve had a blast while here. I’ve met some fabulous people, I’ve seen some amazing things (okada carrying 6’x5’ mirror on head, please stand up), eaten some great food, discovered that if Todd and I had to take the Green Card test we’d pass and learnt how survive without the use of a credit card.
I’m just ready to move onto the next phase of my working African adventure, after some time, alone with my babies...