Day 313: Two Flew Out of the Cuckoo’s Nest



This is the view from our bedroom window. Birds love to land on the balcony, and I’m always fascinated to see the types of birds that do. These particular ones look just like parakeets that we see as pets in the US! I wonder how genetically similar they are to each other.

How appropriate it is to post a picture of free-spirited birds as Casey and I are spreading our wings and leaving Lagos! Sappy metaphor, I know, but it is true. Today we leave this country and head back home! It has been 313 days total since we first arrived here on August 15, 2012. This count includes the time that we spent in the US and Europe so, if we get really technical, I have lived here for 221 days and Casey for 214 days. (His number is less because he spent that week in Sweden by himself.) But now that time is coming to a close. We’ve been packing for the past two weeks getting ready for this move. We’ve sold the car, the refrigerator, all our dishware, and 95% of the food. All that’s left is the treadmill and the piano, and Casey is happy to keep the latter to play when he’s back here for work. What an experience this has been! It’s funny that whenever people don’t know what to say about something, they say “what an experience…” but this seems more fitting than most times. It HAS been an EXPERIENCE.

We won’t be seeing these things again anytime soon:

IMG_20130520_201730Five mattresses piled on top of an extremely tiny pick-up truck. We all thought it was going to tip over.

IMG_20130610_131702KFC refuses to put more than a speck of ketchup in these plastic containers, so Casey had to keep asking for more. The cashiers looked at us very strangely.

IMG_20130610_133407This is the way potholes are fixed in Nigeria. The locals fill the holes with anything, as you can see. It doesn’t seem to be the best way to fix them.

Will we miss these aspects of the country? Maybe sometimes, or maybe not. Casey will still come back often enough so he won’t have time to miss them. And we certainly will have many memories and inside jokes to tell ourselves and our families when we’re back home.

So we say “goodbye” to Lagos, for now. We will depart around midnight West Africa Time and arrive in New York very early in the morning. Maybe Casey will treat himself to a coffee from Starbucks. Then we will head to Vegas and reunite with my parents! Admittedly, we were reasonably excited to move here, but we’re definitely excited to be returning home. And even though we didn’t reach our goal of Casey getting a certain number of hours, we are pleased to have given it a shot to live here full-time. We tried! We tried very hard! It’s been a long journey, and we will look forward to many more in different countries!

As I like to say… Ciao for now!


Author: CnLsnapping

Casey is an airline pilot and professional photographer. Leanna is also a photographer and an aspiring writer/journalist.

2 thoughts on “Day 313: Two Flew Out of the Cuckoo’s Nest

  1. I hope your post-Lagos life is going well!


  2. WOW! I really can’t believe time has come for you guys to leave Lagos. You guys gave it all and it’s time for you to come home.
    See you in a day :)


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