10 things I miss about Africa

370 days ago I  set foot for the first time in Africa. What followed? 7 months of amazing time, stories to be told to grandchildren and a regret feeling for not staying more..

1. The Kids

As I was saying here, I got attached to them. No day passes without thinking of them. What are they doing now, if they are all right, in good health and how they are doing at school.

2. Pineapple

Since my return home, I hardly had eaten fruits. Pineapple in Uganda, Tanzania or Rwanda was absolutely amazing and the taste divine! Not to mention the price; less than 0.5 cents per pineapple. Whole, not a slice. No day without fish it was a slogan during the Communist regime in Romania. During my stay in Africa it was: no day without pineapple.

3. The sound of the waves.

I wanted to record the wave’s sound in Zanzibar but somehow I forgot to do it. In the first days in Zanzibar, I was hypnotized by it. Woking up in the morning and going to bed with the sound in my ears, was the perfect sound to end and begin a day. Probably the guys from Omharmonics  were inspired by it!

4. Boda-Boda rides

Despite the accidents I got involved with the bodas in Uganda I miss the rides. Back home, I have to walk 10min to the metro, change the lines, take the bus or wait for the taxis. In Africa I only needed to get out of the house and a rider was waiting. Not for me to mention the feeling of the wind and freedom when you are on the bike. Now I know why girls love the motorcycle guys!

5. Reading

While in Africa I rediscovered the reading passion I lost during my first years of working. Now I read again, but I miss the rain and chilly days when you had nothing to do but to read cover with a blanket.

6. Meeting new people

I am a sociable person. I like to hang out with friends and meet new people. Since I returned and settle into my house I think I went out 80% of the evenings. But I go out with friends. I kinda miss going out with a friend I just met 10 minutes ago, by chance, on a bus or at the local restaurant on the beach.

7. Afrikans

I was very impressed by the Afrikans people. Their culture, their way to be: very friendly and willing to help you in any circumstances.

8. Pole, Pole and Hakuna Matata

Somehow I found myself in this culture of doing the things slowly, step by step and not to worry if something goes wrong. Because what can happen to you, do it wrong? There was no pressure in Africa.

9. South African Food

Man, I had the best stakes there and the price was amazing low compared to the quality. The review is coming shortly!

10 Real Africa.

Now sure what I miss more: Africa or Asia.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.