Perks include: running water and intermittent electricity. Cell and internet service are sparse but are accessible from the office in town. My Swahili is also somewhat improving as most people here don't know a lot of English. And the added bonus of earning "development worker street cred."
What you are missing by living in the big city:Hours of loud and off key church music blaring from God knows where
Boiling water for bucket baths
Cooking hodge podge meals of miscellaneous vegetables and pasta/rice in the dark
Driving a manual gearshift...for the first time in 10 years...using your left hand...on the opposite side of the road...up a mountain
Hours of loud music blaring from the makeshift bar across the road
Appearance of mini tadpoles slash random squiggly things in your boiled water from the spring fed water faucets
Melted improvised candle holders (i.e. the ice cube tray)