As you can see I haven’t written in a while… Haven’t been in the mood. And lately I haven’t been in the mood for anything else either. Ever since I came back from Finland I’ve been a bit moody… And cranky.
Is there such a thing as the “Finnish Jet Lag”?
As grim as the reason was for visiting home (grandma’s funeral), Finland itself was great. I love going home, especially in the Summer months. The seaside, the weather, friends & family, the sailing, being outdoors in nature, and the FOOD!!! All the reasons I love going home!
So after a great month in Hanko, coming back to the desert really sucks… Usually this phase passes in a few days as you get into your old routines, but this time it was not the case. For the first few weeks I slept later and later, not wanting to get up. So that led to morning walkies with Oubaas being late. And the later we go, the hotter the sun will get. The hotter I am, the grumpier I get. See the vicious circle?!
Morning walkies used to be my favorite part of the day. I love being in the bush with Oubaas. It’s just a struggle to get there. Today I listed all the things that pissed me off during my morning walk. You’re welcome!
- It’s HOT (obvious, the SUN is HOT. Hot = grumpy Noora)
- It’s dirty (plastic bags are EVERYWHERE, as are bottles, glass, milk cartons, food wrappers. I mean how Efffffiing hard is it to put your trash in the one million bins lying around everywhere or take your trash home!)
- It smells like s**t everywhere (this is real. Donkey poo, Cow poo, Goat poo, Horse poo, and the worst; Human Poo. No one here seems to care where they poop or pee for that matter; people squatting in the bush or sidewalk while we walk pass with Oubaas. Just use the damn public toilets like normal people and pay your lousy dollar for it!)
- Thorns (they split through your flip flops, stings like hell)
- Sand (obvious again, we live in the desert after all… gets through every crack)
- Flies (everywhere, anytime, every kind. Normal fly, horsefly, fruit fly, poo eating fly… Worst of all mosquitoes! Very annoying and usually end up DOOMed!)
- People are annoying & harassing me (there has NOT been ONE walk since I came back that I can walk peacefully without trucks hooting or hearing the annoying -Hey Baby! comments or getting stopped because of Oubaas; they offer me money to buy him. And then there are the endless -Psssssttt pssssttt!! and -*enter* kissing noises. So when you hear that every morning and every evening, I’m ready to punch someone.)
- Other dogs & strays (i am the ONLY one walking my dog. No one else walks their dogs, or locks up their gates or have proper fencing. So the other dogs roam free in town, they come and corner us, sometimes ending with a bite for Oubaas. Or me trying to yell and throw sticks to keep them at bay.)
- People steal & beg (living in Africa is not easy, especially those under the poverty line. But don’t think I will GIVE you money every time at the supermarket when I worked my ass off to EARN my money. Try getting a job, STOP stealing you as***le!)
I have many more whiny complaints but those are on the top of the list at the moment. The mornings are worse now for a few weeks because of the road workers. 5 crews working on our home street (fixing potholes) so I have to listen to endless amount of comments, whistling and blatant staring everyday.
So Finland was a piece of cake compared to this. None of the complaints above would ever be on my Finnish list. To say I haven’t adjusted to life after holiday is an understatement!
I decided I needed to change the morning routine. I tried fixing the situation by waking up with Richard at 5 am for a few weeks. But I ended up falling back asleep on the couch with my coffee and woke up at 8 am anyway…
I was also fed up with living among boxes. It’s been 4 months since the big move but we are still living out of boxes and suitcases. We slowly started building our flat into a home with a few much needed purchases. The 2 new cupboards, nightstand and a few unpacked photos made a big difference! We are planning to buy more wood next month to build our own shelves and perhaps a coffee table in the living room. Eventually. Slowly slowly…
As I was feeling like crap and didn’t know how to get myself out of the rut I was in, I decided to:
- eat vitamins
- quit drinking (or minimize it atleast)
- start exercising
- get up earlier
- eat more healthy
(jeez, they sounds like a New Years resolutions! In the summer!)
So here I am at the moment eating salad like a bunny, stopped snacking, baking my own healthy wholewheat breads, waking up at 7 am (latest). Also I’m on Day 12 of TapOut XT and jogging 3 times a week… Still having a glass of wine or two on the weekends but, hey can’t give up everything in one go!!
On a positive note I’m feeling better!
Blog entry was sarcastically written. I know some people here have no money for public toilets and it’s not such a taboo here to piss on the street (although illegal!) But when you are on your hands and knees trying to get the pieces of human poop out of your dogs mouth, it’s not funny and I don’t care the reasons why the poo is there in the first place.
And I know not ALL people steal, or beg.
And I live in a small village of 1000 people so things are so different in bigger cities than what I mention here.
I started writing this blog entry two weeks ago. Now when I came back to it I was actually going to bin it, but decided to throw this out there anyway. Just to show I’m not happy ALL the time and that not everything is always fine and dandy in La La Land.
I have always tried to keep the blog very positive and diary based. Not to write anything too “scary” or to worry the people back home and deter people from visiting Namibia. I was in a very different place of mind a month ago, absolutely everything was pissing me off with this country. People, places, buildings… But now I’m back to my old self! Positive, happy, laughing self, don’t worry people! The Finnish Jet Lag is calming down… And as I have already eaten all my Finnish goodies, bread and salmiakki, tomorrow I will bake Karelian pies (Karjalanpiirakoita) just to make the weekend even more great!