Gut it out.
Suck it up.
It is truly beautiful here, recognize it.
Be patient with the language, learn it.
You will be dirty, get used to it.
Smile to strangers. Befriend other white people, it’s amazing to hear their stories.
Get out and see more.
Be home before dark most nights. Not all.
Try new restaurants.
Go for a walk, get lost.
Hold on tight to your belongings in the merkato. Buy fresh produce there.
Sit on top of Quara and overlook the Piazza.
Sit on top of Goha and take it in, this is your home for a year.
Watch traditional dancing, try it.
Listen to traditional music live.
Don’t give everyone your phone number but give it out.
Find peace, be compassionate, understand, be grateful.
Open. Your. Mind.