Things I am going to miss in Niger (well, in addition to my friends and family of course):
– Trashy MTV shows — I only watch two shows religiously (“The Office” and “How I Met Your Mother”) but these shows are fun to watch randomly. A new season of “Real World” started and I could totally see myself spending a day watching a marathon of this season in a few months. Oh, well, at least “The Hills” will be preserved on DVD format for me to consume on a rainy day in 2012.
– Wearing contacts — The Peace Corps doesn’t recommend volunteers to wear contacts while they serve. The environment doesn’t support them and it’s hard to find solution. Also, if I get an infection, there is not an optometrist. I’ve worn contacts since I was 13 and may have a hard time adjusting.
– Giving up my cell phone number — I will have a phone in Africa, but I have to give up my American number, which I’ve had since I was 15. I can’t imagine having another number.
– My comfy bed — I am still not sure about my sleeping arrangements, but I bet it doesn’t involve a queen-sized bed and fluffy comforter.
– Cold water — Ice water is usually not on the menu in Africa.
– NPR — One of the benefits of commuting was mornings with NPR. I hope to buy a radio in Niger so I can tune into BBC, but I’ll miss the local stories. Also, I really hope I can get enough Internet access to download “This American Life” podcasts. I don’t know if I can survive two years without Ira.
This is sort of a dumb list because all that I encounter will out weigh these things. But still, it’s weird to know that the routine things will soon become luxuries.