Moving to Africa

When my parents told me that we were moving once again out of Costa Rica I felt sooo many emotions at once, I know this is what a lot of people go through when they aren’t mentally prepared to move so here is my experience…

I had been living in Costa Rica for 5 years since our last move and I was happy there, I was comfortable with my friends, my teachers, my home, all of that. My dad had promised me they weren’t going to move until I graduated high school which would have been this year if I had stayed in the Costa Rican education system so I was fine! Enjoying my life, my friends and my family.

I knew my dad was looking for another job and when he asked me if it would be okay if we broke out of our promise and moved before I graduated, I felt peace in my heart and said yes. My dad got an interview here in Kenya around this time last year and that same day they told him he had gotten the job.

My mom knew about it before we did and when she told us I felt a wave of emotions crashing down on me. My sisters and I started crying both because of happiness and sadness. It would be a totally new experience for us, we didn’t know what to expect from Kenya, we were afraid of what would happen and excited about that too.

My older sister started looking for universities here because she would come with us and my dad had already seen options of the schools my little sister and I would possibly go to. House hunting from the other side of the world was my mom’s job and getting someone to rent our house back home was a challenge, but it’s been worth it!

There are a lot of things that I can talk about here but they would take me a whole book to explain! The most relevant thing for me to tell you would be how scared I was of the whole thing. But once I read a quote that said “If it doesn’t scare you then it isn’t worth it”. And that is what I’ve been living by since I’ve been here. I’ve done things WAAAY out of my comfort zone, I’ve had amazing experiences like doing internships throughout my summer holidays, opening up this blog and starting the International Baccalaureate program at school.

Kenya is beautiful, the people we’ve met here are amazing, the mixture of cultures that we get here is unbelievable and moving away from home has made me more aware of the amazing things I took for granted there.

Moving is hard, it’s a challenge but it’s a once in a lifetime experience that you can’t change for anything in the world.

If you are moving to a new country and you need some guidance or advice, go over to and you can join the community of expats in your new area. It’s amazing, go check it out!

Hope you liked this post!

Love, Adri.

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