And all of the sudden it’s here. I am an adult now. At least I think I woke up like one this morning. I knew it was coming, but now it’s here I am still a little surprised. Okay, I didn’t grow into on overnight, but today I noticed it. Saying goodbye to my parents at the airport felt different. I am going away for a job this time. My career. My adulthood life. I will always be their daughter, but now I have to stand on my own two feet. And I am surprisingly less scared than I was a couple months ago.

By the time you read this, I will hopefully have crossed the border of Uganda without problems. I will have set foot in the Pearl of Africa. And I am excited. Bring it on, adulthood!

That’s what I wrote yesterday in the plane on my way to Uganda. Now I am sitting at a porch. I am listening to the sound of crickets and music far away. It’s getting dark slowly. There’s some lightening far away. I smell Africa, like I smelled it last night when I stepped out of the airport. The typical smell of fire mixed with dirt and heat from the day. As I sit here on the porch, I realize again that my life has changed. I am going to be different.

I want to tell you about everything. My first day at the office. The first impressions of being in Kampala. But you’ll get that all over the course of the next days. For now I just need to let the thought sink in that I am going to be different. I am an adult now. That means that I am going to have to figure things out of my own. Start a new life. In a new city. In a new country. I think that’s enough to process for today.

By the time you read this, I have already crossed the border safely. I am now part of life in the pearl of Africa. And I am excited. Bring it on, adulthood!