Risking Love

Forty Days Til’ Forty, Day 11: Risking Love


During my junior year of college I spent my Fall semester studying at Daystar University, just outside of Nairobi, Kenya, as part of a study-abroad program. Four short months in Africa will leave anyone with a lifetime of memories. In my 20-year-old state of mind, life was much harder–washing my clothes in a bucket from water drawn from a well outside my dorm; sharing my room with three noisy roommates; popping malaria prophylaxis that gave me disturbing dreams; taking bucket baths; and carrying my friend’s stool sample to the local clinic to test for typhoid.

Life was, however, also much richer. For reasons I don’t remember specifically, I was the first of the small group of exchange students from the States to lose it. Overwhelmed by culture shock, homesick and fatigued, I had a first-world meltdown. The romance of the experience had passed; by then we’d all had our first…

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