10/11/09: Baobab Valley Campsite, Mikumi, Tanzania
I learned today that Kevin does not eat Twix bars. Twix! The crunchy, sticky, chocolaty goodness! The fact that after you finish the first bar, oh look, there’s a second one, just for you! He’s been missing out on this all of his life! I was appalled. And you would think that after being together for five years and after watching Kevin eat watermelon for the FIRST time two days ago, I wouldn’t be shocked by the Twix news. And yet I still was.
It’s funny how much more you can learn about a person you think you know really well when you spend every day, all day with him. Some of these things are endearingly cute (he carries his little pack around with him everywhere like it’s his little baby), some are gross/annoying (he won’t shower even if there’s a shower available and he hasn’t showered in three days because, and ladies and gentlemen, I quote directly, “it’s not time yet”), and some are just totally bizarre (Kevin loves keeping track of random things so much that right now, as I type this, he is trying to figure out how much water we’ve drunk since we started this trip).
All in all though, I’m surprised (and happy) to say that we have both been better-behaved than I expected. I thought that we would have to be in really dire circumstances – like wandering around lost and alone in the Serengeti for an entire day – before Kevin would try any new foods, but he’s been surprisingly open-minded and willing to eat new things (over 30 at last count). I also thought that I would tend to be anxious and easily annoyed by the little things that go wrong, but I really have been completely and totally stress-free for the first time since starting college. It must be the 10+ hours of sleep I get a day.
But that’s not to say that we don’t get a little annoyed with each other, because we definitely do. It’s always little things though, usually caused by one of us not actually listening to the other person but pretending to anyway. At home you can get away with that kind of behavior, but it’s a bit harder out here. “Can you please put up the tent while I organize our lockers?” “Yeah, sure, ok.” Ten minutes later in the rain with no tent – “You said you would put up the tent!” “I did not say that! When was this??” Anyway, luckily it hasn’t caused any really serious trouble yet. Nothing that a thousand shilling Twix bar sitting in the truck cooler can’t fix.
Puzzles for Postcards
Where Am I? (Name the city)
Picture of the Day: I lost my right sandal, but luckily we found a replacement growing on a tree at the Iringa campsite