While people in Kenya who have never had the chance of travelling abroad complain about everything and anything that is wrong with Kenya, those who have the seemingly golden opportunity to live far from our sweet home in search of a better life whine about how they miss the uncommon beauty in Kenya. They have seen the truth in the popular adage “you don’t know the worth of what you have until you lose it”. They crave the things most of us take for granted. The little things that we overlook seem to mean a lot to those who’re far away from the shores of our country. Things that deserve our gratitude but get our ingratitude instead are the same things Kenyans in diaspora yearn desperately for. Well, you will never understand what you are enjoying in Kenya until you travel abroad.
Yes, it may sound sarcastic especially to people in Kenya who just can’t wait to travel abroad, but sometimes we just have to live away from home to be more appreciative. After having a long chat with a few Kenyans living in the Diaspora, these are some of the things they shared with us that they miss about home.
The Soothing Weather
In Kenya, locals hardly have to worry about the weather. They don’t have migraines over tornadoes, hurricanes, storms and snow and Kenyans abroad miss that. The baking hot sun that we all love to complain about back home, appears to be so desirable abroad during winter especially when you’re wrapped up in warm clothes and boots, inhaling the dry air. It is easier to deal with the red-hot sun back home by having cool dip, regulating the air using air conditioner than having to deal with the extremely cold winter abroad.
Kenyan Masala Tea and Coffee
Kenyan tea is the nicest of all and it is followed by coffee. Sipping tea with friends, or the special way tea is served in every home when guests come around having milk and bread as gifts for their hosts, is greatly missed by Kenyans who live abroad.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Kenyans in diaspora can’t deny that they miss the luscious and juicy vegetables here no matter how developed and lively the city wherein they live now is. And by that we’re definitely not talking about dry vegetables, we are talking fresh and natural ones. Those types your mother had to make you eat back home that appear tasty and fresh compared with the dry and boring food you eat abroad. It is easier to buy succulent fruits from vendors and markets nearby or random farmers with pickups parked by the roadside selling fresh fruits and vegetables at absurdly cheap prices than anywhere else outside Kenya. And yes, a memory of fruit market, the tang of the fleshy fruits and vegetables, most of them on display continue to tantalize your senses as you think about it. The deliciousness of fresh mangoes sliding down your throat, or mouth-watering Farmer’s Choice sausages that have you drooling are the imaginations that keep flooding your mind, I am sure you can’t help but crave it now!
Haggling At The Market:
Kenyans in diaspora miss haggling for the costs of fruits, vegetables and other items in the market. Unlike in Kenya, they buy things which already have price tags and are not often open to negotiations except when sales are on. In spite of the fact that haggling is not reserved for markets in Kenya or other African countries, but the way markets abroad can offer their customers a bargain is quite different from the way it happens back home. They miss talking their way to a bargain with local women and men who actually bring their goods to open markets and are eager to sell as much as possible. They miss the rowdiness, and all the noise in the market
Kenyan Party Atmosphere
Kenya especially Nairobi has one of the best nightlife around the world. The vibes, dancing, the music, the lovely atmosphere that comes with Friday nights when people are set to party the night away. They also miss the Kenyan habit of buying boiled eggs, fries, etc early in the morning as you go home from the club.