This post is adapted from an email I sent to some friends and family a few days ago. My apologies to those of you reading it twice.
I was sitting in my apartment the other day trying to think of a song that adequately summed up my experience over the last few weeks since I got back to Africa, and this was the first thing that popped into my head: "It's Getting Better All the Time" by the Beatles. I have to admit, it's getting better. Life here wasn't easy from the start; in fact, it was really damned hard. But so much has changed in such a short period of time. Since visiting my colleagues in Europe, I have a deep understanding of my job and what's expected of me, and more importantly, I feel like I'm being effective at it. What's more, all of a sudden, I have a thriving social life here. I had no idea how easy it would be to make friends once I broke into the social scene. Last Thursday night alone, I was invited to four different functions ranging from an expat mixer to an MIT alumni gathering. Hard to believe only a matter of weeks ago, I didn't know a single soul.
In other news, I'm planning to travel to Nigeria and Singapore in the next couple months, both of which should be interesting adventures. I'm also trying to figure out awesome travel plans for my holiday break. Any ideas would be welcome! I'm debating between Africa and Asia since I'll be in one of the two on either end of my break. What do you think?
Not too much more to say really besides that I'm loving just about every moment of my time here. I'm very literally living my dream. I feel like I've always enjoyed what I've been doing, but this is the first time in my life that I have trouble going to sleep most nights because I'm too excited about the day ahead. Life is good, and it just keeps getting better.