One Month In – Things I Miss and Things Not So Much

I arrived in Africa one month ago. It’s pretty crazy to think about the weeks and days leading up to the move – all of the preparations, repairs, packing, Craigslist sales (and the Craigslist busts), good-byes, cat travel, etc. It took up so much of my time and then it felt like I moved in a flash. The good-byes weren’t long enough and I wasn’t sure if I was ready to go. Then I left, watched eight movies on the plane, met Jon, heard the worst news ever (let me just say, it rhymes with ‘Drumpf’) and got the cats. Everything since then has been both a whirlwind and slow, all at the same time. I can’t believe a month has already passed and how much I’ve done so far – an incredible safari, furniture-shopping, meeting people, going to the Apartheid Museum, and so on. I’m currently in Malawi – more on that in a future post – and I am reflecting on the things that I miss and the things I don’t really miss. Without further ado, in no particular order…

Things I Miss

  • My niephews*
  • My friends (& their cute kids)
  • The rest of my family – less than my niephews, but still… 🙂
  • My neighborhood in Durham
  • The Duke Blue Devils and the inevitably great season that I’m not going to get to watch**
  • Food in Durham, namely TCBY (though it’s now only in Chapel Hill – DAMN YOU, MENCHIE’S!!!!!)
  • Unlimited, fast internet
  • A/C – I know this is shallow but I can’t lie. I have a really low tolerance for heat. [Ok, all of you shouting that I’m Israeli. I hear you. It doesn’t matter.]
  • Driving on the right side of the road
  • “Project Runway,” in real time
  • (I’m sure there are others but I don’t want to look like an asshole…)

Things I Don’t Miss

  • Dealing with politics all day long – don’t get me wrong, we read about it online but I’m guessing it’s way more intense there
  • Overpriced food (because food here is cheap – more on that in a future post)
  • The ‘small stuff’***
  • Humidity
  • Movies in a theater that cost more than five dollars (since all movies here cost five dollars)
  • Having less time with Jon
  • Little exposure to things outside of my comfort zone
Jon and I celebrated our first month with this lovely bottle of champagne. (Actual champagne – we’ve been there! Thanks, Paris!)

There are certainly other friends, family & kids that I miss that I didn’t include pictures of, above, so I don’t want anyone to think that I miss them any less than the others. (Except for you, Nadav. I miss you less. Just kidding…) It’s hard at times. But, we’ll come back to the States soonish and I’ll get to have more of the things I miss again. I’m trying not to focus solely on the things I miss or I won’t be able to be fully present here. But I really appreciate all of you who have reached out to see how I’m doing and what I’m feeling. It means a lot to me. In the meantime, I’ll keep working on figuring out what’s amazing (& eventually miss-worthy) here.

– By Naama

*For those of you who don’t know, niephews is my term for my nieces and nephews – I have ten of them so an abbreviation seemed necessary, since I talk about them so often. Luckily, I get to see my oldest brother’s kids in Israel on Tuesday. Yahoo!!

**It’s ok, though. I have Final Four tickets, so… Two thumbs up!!

***I’m sure there are things that qualify as ‘small stuff’ here, too, of course. Just haven’t seen them as much yet.

4 thoughts on “One Month In – Things I Miss and Things Not So Much

  1. So proud of you and Jon for taking this adventure. 😃👍🏻 Like all moves there will always be pluses and minuses. I know the pluses will be the biggest. Miss you sweet things. Congratulations on your first month in Africa! 🎉🍾🎈🎊


  2. What an exciting journey you and Jon are on. Yes, it’s totally scary and uncomfortable to be in a new place outside your comfort zone but it’s also incredibly exciting and one of the best ways to grow as a person! Love reading about your adventures. Too bad you can’t work because otherwise you could open a TCBY franchise in SA! What kind of yummy desserts have you found?


    1. Thanks, babe! I really appreciate it. That’s my plan – it’s definitely going to stretch me as a person! Ooh, TCBY franchise here?? Genius!! There’s this donut thing with a long, crazy name like koeksister or something that is super tasty… And had my first cronut here, randomly! 🙂


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