Living in East Africa is a lot of things. I've always loved this place for its natural beauty, simplicity, joyful people, and unwavering sense of hope. We are constantly surrounded by a community that we have come to love so dearly, friends that we can laugh at anything with, and an abundance of avocados and mangoes. But it also takes an incredible amount of patience and flexibility. It takes a lot of letting go of expectations and control. It takes being willing to accept that most things are just not going to go your way. And that it's ok, because your way is not always the best way.
Now, remember that back in the US, we live in a rolling pop-up camper. Our life here is actually slightly more cushy than it is back there! The fact that the most simple, every day tasks such as getting a cup of water, taking a shower, cooking, or trying to log on to the internet take a lot of time and effort is not an unfamiliar thing. Sometimes doing these things in a simpler way makes me feel more human.
Throughout the middle of March, we had friends from the US come to visit, and we ran around Uganda and Kenya non-stop. I was really impressed at how successful we were at making the most of their time here! (Why is David never in any pictures? He is always the one taking them.)
But after these past few weeks, I feel tired. Nairobi is incredibly loud, chaotic, crowded, and dirty. It is packed to the brim with innovative and hard working human beings, and I've been blessed to get to live among it all. I'm just a little tired.
We have only a few more weeks here before we head back to the US and almost immediately hit the road again. We are putting together a show that combines live music with a documentary that introduces people to some of our wonderful friends here, and the stories they have to tell. We are really hoping that it connects people to the ongoing work here in powerful ways, and helps raise much needed program funds. That's what is next for us! I'll be sending out a newsletter about more specific happenings here in East Africa soon. But first, sleep!