I meet loads of people from different walks of life, every single day. I have so many expat friends that it gets overwhelming because of the insane rotation. Some are here for a few weeks or a few months, we connect, become great friends and POOF! They’re back to their home-town or some next country.
I somewhat envy that. And somewhat don’t.
The envious part is, not having to left Kenya, AT ALL. This literally is all I know.
Like, I haven’t even crossed borders to Tanzania or Uganda.
It would be a complete culture shock for me the minute I step out of the only country I know, Kenya.
I said that to Raghav yesterday when we were on our way to the airport to drop him off, and he said “that is so bizarre!”
I suppose it is… To some extent. People don’t understand where the accent came from. People don’t understand how I know so much about the UK and other parts of the world. It makes no sense of how “worldly” I am despite never ever having to have left Kenya.
This isn’t me explaining myself, but trying to make sense of the situation.
So I grew up around expats. Ethiopians, Egyptians, Moroccans, Australians, Brits etc. I went to Private school, but our teachers were Indian and African. I watched shit loads of TV growing up and after college gained a lot of international friends.
To be honest, I hadn’t even traveled much within Kenya until 2012. And I went heavy on the traveling within Kenya because… I had to. I just had to.
How do you live in the only country you’ve ever known and not know it that well? At least I made up for that in the last 2-3 years.
What I don’t envy about not having to leave Kenya is of course the country itself. It’s gorgeous. The city life is still chilled despite being hectic at the same time.
Someone once told me, it’s probably only in Kenya where you can walk into a club wearing PJ’s and that’s considered cool!
What I don’t envy about expats is the instability. the constant travel. The “no base” situation. I mean some have a base, but some don’t. Some don’t even know what the next step is once their visa expires.
I’m not one to play it by the rules, but I’m also not one to have no plan either.
So yes, just because I haven’t traveled outside of the country, doesn’t make me any less educated or informed.
I’m just waiting for the opportunity to get the hell out and explore the rest of the beauty of the world!