Sometimes you are so deeply immersed in your daily activities - in my case, spending a chunk of my waking hours at the office - that you don't have time for other things. And the fact that it has been raining quite a lot in Abuja lately, plus the arrival of Ebola in Nigeria, not to mention the threat of terrorism all around us, it's just inevitable that you stay in your comfort zone and let the days turn into months.
Indoors all the time
Thanks to internet, cable TV, smart phones, a few gossipy friends and colleagues here and there, it becomes easy not to go beyond the home-and-office routine, it becomes easy to know who dies, who gets kidnapped, who celebrates another birthday, who makes millions by the hour, who wins an award, who struggles to make ends meet, who gets promoted or sacked, who goes on vacation and where, who invents what and where, who invades which country and why, and on an on and on... And before you know it, it's time to rip off another page from the calendar and another Chinese is born.
In Abuja, there is never a lack of information about the world (if that's all you want) even when all you do everyday is go to work in the morning and go back home in the evening. On weekends you either do a little shopping (to replenish the fridge and the store), dine in a little restaurant, meet with a few friends, or sleep all through till the following Monday morning.
But what if you want to explore Abuja? What are your options?
You may not have many options compared to many capital cities in the world, but this is not to say Abuja is a lackluster city. It's a baby city, yes, but that doesn't mean it's boring. Only babies have qualities that are.... well, baby-like or child-like. I mean once a baby grows, the charm, the simplicity, the innocence, the freshness are all gone. Therefore this is still the time to explore the FCT. Don't wait for it to become a megacity like New York or cosmopolitan like Paris.
So now, if you have to venture outdoors today, here are 3 suggestions: