Well we just blinked and now it’s been more than a year since we packed up and moved to Kenya! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and I don’t know if I’ve ever learned so much in such a short period of time. In celebration of making it this far, here are the top 10 highlights of the past year:
1. Celebrating our first anniversary
We’ve been married and living together in Kenya longer than we ever were in the US! What a way to start out, right?
2. Doing our jobs well enough that we (both) got promoted
It’s easy when you’ve got such a great team!
3. The Kenyan Coast
The best place in the whole world – fascinating history, pungent spices, white sand beaches, beautiful fish below the water and delicious fish above!
4. The Masai Mara
It’s not just the lions and elephants that are amazing, but the birds too!
5. Cooking up a storm
Golabki? I thought we were in Kenya, not Poland! We have developed the wonderful skill of feeding ourselves delicious food that we cook from whole, fresh ingredients.
6. The Rift Valley
We are one with the animals!
7. A visit from family
In a whirlwind trip, the Wolfes saw (and photographed) Kenya from so many different angles!
8. Getting to see family in London for Christmas, and friends at a wedding in the US in March
Hanging out at a castle, getting nerdy with the audio tours. That sounds like the Kennedy family to me!
9. Living a new normal, and feeling comfortable finding our way around our new home
Navigating the streets, and settling into our apartment complete with brand new TV (when the power is on). Lest you think we are somehow missing out on the Kenya outside our door in favor of watching Chopped on the Food Network, we decided having satellite is definitely not lame when we got home and plopped down to watch some TV the other day after petting a cheetah.
10. Beginning to understand the challenges and joys of life for the average Kenyan – and using our research to help meet the challenges
Hands on learning – it’s up close and personal!
We are so thankful for all that we’ve learned and been able to experience this past year – when I pause and reflect on it I am stunned by just how incredible it has been! Here’s to much more to come.