Getting From Here to There

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I can’t believe that the time for our Africa trip was finally. here.  I still couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that someone who had never left the country in 65 years was going halfway around the world.  I was ready.

Of course, before our African adventure could begin, we had to get there.  That meant packing.  I am not the world’s best when it comes to packing a suitcase so it was nice to have some help.

packing for Africa 1As you can see, packing is tiring work.

Well, we finally did it.  Our bags are packed and we’re read to go.  Leavin’ on a jet plane.

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Since there were 23 of us making this trip, we couldn’t all get seats on the same flight so we departed in two groups at two different times.  We were in the first group leaving JFK at 4:00 P.M.  It was decided that we would leave Reading at 7 A.M. to make it to JFK by noon giving us several hours to check in before our 4″00 flight.

Here we are gathering at JFK.

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We got in, made it through security and found out that out flight was delayed until 6:30.  The week before there was a crash (no one hurt) on a runway in Dubai which is where we were going.  As a result, they had lost the use of one runway while the crash was being investigated so all flights were delayed.

Oh well, we decided to go get some lunch for ourselves.  After a bit we went to our departure gate.  We were flying Emirates.  You can see our double decker airbus through the window.

packing for Africa 5We were in economy so our seats were in the lower level.

Finally, around 6:30 we took off for a 12 hour flight to Dubai.  Now, because we were delayed we missed our connecting flight to Johannesburg.  Just our luck.  Here you see our group trying to make new connections.

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We now had 8 hours to kill in Dubai airport.  We couldn’t leave the airport since we did not have visas for Dubai.  There was only one thing to do.

packing for Africa 6Let’s hear it for Starbucks and a caramel frappichino!

One good thing about this delay, however, was that we were now scheduled to be on the same flight as the second group of our traveling companions.  This was we all arrived in Johannesburg at the same time.

We all boarded and after another 8 hour flight we were in South Africa.  There we were met by the woman who would be our guide for the entire trip.  Rowena was fantastic.  She, as well as a camera crew that was filming our entire trip met us as we deplaned.  Keep in mind, I flew for 20 hours, sat in airports for 14 hours, was wearing the same clothes for two days and hadn’t shaved in two days.  I was at my photogenic best.

Anyway, we were in Africa and now our adventure could begin.  Next week…part one.

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14 responses to “Getting From Here to There

  1. Wow – I can’t wait to hear about the rest of the trip. This part alone was quite an adventure. It’s amazing to think you went through all of this and you haven’t even started your trip yet.

  2. “Keep in mind, I flew for 20 hours, sat in airports for 14 hours, was wearing the same clothes for two days and hadn’t shaved in two days. ” The getting to & from is never glamourous.I am looking forward to the glamourous part next week!

  3. Judy C.

    The beginning of a great adventure – even if it was a long, drawn out start. Can’t wait for the rest of the story!

  4. I’m tired already! Getting there is half the fun, I guess. Looking forward to hearing more!

  5. It sounds like from the tone of your post, that the trip was terrific because you didn’t even mind all the inconvenience of traveling.

  6. It’s so exciting just to hear this part, & I think you should have shared a picture! Seeing a Starbucks must have been a fun discovery in Dubai, helps the hours pass? You are a trooper of a traveler! Can’t wait to read what’s next!

  7. Like Rose, I’m tired just thinking about all of that air travel.
    Looking forward to reading part one.

  8. So excited for you! A hard start but it is all in the adventure. Right?
    Have a great time!

  9. I felt your pain through each of the delays. Air travel is just not what it used to be! Love all the photos, even if they are mostly airport shots. This trip will be good for several weeks of slices!

  10. I can’t wait to read about your adventure. You’ve tackled the hardest part with a great attitude! Enjoy and please share more!

  11. Oh boy, the adventure has not quite begun yet…but you are tired already from the air flight shenanigans. Can’t wait for part one!

  12. Great intro to the travelogue. Look forward to reading it all. You had a good helper with your packing!

  13. Great post! I went to ZA four years ago and loved the country. Such beautiful scenery. We travelled to Cape Town via Amsterdam, and returned home from Jo-burg to Atlanta. YES… those are long flights! Looking forward to your next post!

  14. Exciting times! I’m looking forward to hearing about the days in Africa.

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