Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Reflecting On My Career Break in Kenya... Again...

Today was my first day at my brand new shiny job which means I have officially ended my Career Break chapter of my life.

I know I've said it before but it really has been the most incredible time and I have absolutely no regrets.

A classroom in a school - Mombasa, Kenya

Life's a beach! Nyali beach, Mombasa Kenya
It took a LOT of courage to get out of my comfort zone, to leave a job I enjoyed and biggest of all, to leave my husband behind when I so desperately wanted him with me... but the experience taught us that we both want to go away together at some point in the near future and do it properly and do it together. It wasn't that I was unhappy with the life I had previously, but I always knew there was a part of me that wanted MORE adventures and to try something new.

After all, we only live once. 

I had adventures every day in Kenya. I learnt a new language, I watched the sun set (and come up) I was independent, I got food poisoning twice, I ate fish from a stranger's open fire, I held a snake, I bartered in markets, I got a tattoo, I lived by myself in my own apartment, I cooked on a camping stove, I cycled 10kms in the Kenyan sunshine, I swam under a glass bottom boat and almost drowned, I drank 5 shots of tequila in one night, I got stung by a jellyfish, I had my hair braided, I burnt my skin climbing off a motorbike...

Adventures. Small ones, big ones, dangerous ones, hilarious ones. 

Buuuuuuut, I've been lucky enough to get a great contract job within a few weeks of returning back home and my first day today went well. New adventures.

Anyhoo, I have found it SO HARD to sum up my trip in words, so I decided to use the magic of Windows Movie Maker, with the help of one of my favourite songs, to display just a snippet of what I got up to in Kenya over those amazing three months.

Get the popcorn, and I hope you enjoy watching my video about my career break in Kenya.