Whenever I get back from Nigeria, after unpacking and adjusting to reality, the following happens:
- I keep in touch more regularly with the family back home.
- I listen constantly to the many cds that I bought.
- I speak Yoruba whenever possible with my parents, family in Nigeria, and anyone who speaks Yoruba.
- I regret not eating more boli (roasted plantain), epa (peanuts), and roasted corn.
- I’m inspired to be more focused on money-making ideas so I can positively impact the lives of the people I met.
- I miss the heat (Say what? The same heat I complained about on the regular?).
- I consider moving to Europe to be halfway between Nigeria and Canada.
- I wish I had access to the hair salons of Nigeria (at the same prices!).
- I regret not buying another kan kan (I always buy at least one but I always wish I had bought more), a hairnet (I like the Nigerian ones!), and hair for weaves (aka “fixing”) and Ghana-weaving (even though I only Ghana-weave or “fix” my hair when I’m in Nigeria).
- I smile remembering sweet moments (this time my cousin’s 1.5 year old son’s cuteness is dominating my memories).
- I start calculating how soon I can return (based on my bank account and accrued vacation time)!
What do like to do when you come back to reality?
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