These past two years have been amazing and will probably define who I am the rest of my life. Everything that happens now will be relative to my experience in Mali. A part of me is sad to go because I don’t know the next time I will see many people here and yet another part of me is happy to go home again. Below are the top five reasons I’m looking forward to going back home (FYI some of these items are tongue in cheek in case it wasn’t obvious.)
5. Eating food that probably won’t make me sick
I’ve pretty much had every food-borne illness you can possibly get while being a volunteer in Mali so it’ll be nice to go home and eat food that I enjoy and probably won’t give me amoebas.
4. Not being poor all the time
For the first year of my service it actually cost more to fly us over here than it did to pay for our monthly living allowance. We only get paid a couple hundred dollars a month but in Mali it’s a lot of money. Sometimes I get into arguments with people when haggling a price, usually for a taxi. I’ll argue to get a cab fare for 750 CFA when the only fare people will give me is 1000 CFA and I’ll wait until I get a cab for the “right price” only to realize I only saved 50 cents.
3. Not sweating nonstop
Especially when I first came to Mali I would just be constantly covered in sweat. I would sit down, break out my fan, and just sit there without saying anything. Back in homestay I would fan myself to sleep only to wake up half an hour and do it again until the sun rose and I just forced myself out of bed. It’ll be nice to go a gym that’s blasting with A/C while I’m trying to break a sweat.
2. Family and friends
Being able to see everyone and try to live a “normal American” life will be a stark contrast to this African life I’ve been living the past two years. It will be quite novel and I’m looking forward to being able to see my family when I want to and hang out with friends when I want.
1. Food, duh
I can’t wait to go to the supermarket and buy some eggs, take them home, and crack an egg just so I can stare at the yolk stay together. When I crack the eggs here the yolks always fall apart, probably because the chickens here are so malnourished. I want to eat Korean bbq and make a sandwich and eat some lasagna. So yeah, looking forward to going back.
I will be back home July 8 so see everybody soon!