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Published: September 27th 2005
Alot of people traveling today!
I have to say all the support for this little trip is totally overwhelming. I feel like I am off to the jungles of Africa or something… Oh I am, but not as bad as it sounds, well I think/hope!
I think packing has been the worst! It was hard trying to think about everything you “might” need while you're there, since there will be no Walgreens or Target on every corner. I never have been one to pack light, so this is really tough trying to pack for a month. I can only take a certain amount out in the rural areas because we are flying on a small plane. I will have to store the rest at my hotel in Addis Ababa, but trust me this has been a real challenge.
I am getting down to the crunch time. I started my $200 dollar Malaria medicine today and it makes you feel like you have a mild case… Great, they tell me I will get used to it! Let’s all pray I do. I will!!! (Just so you all know, to go to Ethiopia, I needed Yellow Fever, Meningitis, Hep. A, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, and Typhoid shots, along with the Malaria medicine.The cost was about $800 dollars and no insurance doesn’t cover it. ) However, I would rather pay, then get any of the above! Just what I need some jungle illness! J
I just want to Thank Everyone for their kind words and prayers they have offered for my journey. This really helps me because it is kind of scary leaving the suburbs for the African continent. Everyone has been so wonderful and have really encouraged me to follow my dream. Those that know me, know that I like to shake things up a bit. This is really shaking things up, to the extreme, for me.
Well, just so everyone knows I started out my trip with a little bump… After over sleeping, we had to rush to the airport. Of course, I cried all the way there. Leaving the kids was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. I imagined it would be hard, but it was 10 times harder. Now, Toren had the best surprise for me in the car… a picture done of the kids and him in a jungle setting with native clothes. It was a very wonderful surprise. I laughed out loud which was great, at that time, because I was so upset. I know my family will be fine, but I am missing them already. (Thank you so much Toren for letting me go, I really appreciate all that this takes with me being gone! Thank you for the surprise gathering and picture and all you do everyday!!!!! )
Back to the bump, I rush through the airport late and I finally get through the gates. I am the last one on the plane. I sit down and settle in to go to Boston and they announce that the plane is broken and we have to be rerouted. Well rerouting to make a connecting flight to get to Ethiopia is not easy. At first I thought I was supposed to go to Chicago, then to London, then to Amsterdam and then to Addis Ababa. However, the connection was too tight in Amsterdam. So I did manage to get on a flight to Chicago, then to Boston and hope to make the Amsterdam flight this evening. So stay tuned… Never a dull moment with me!
I just got to Boston and things look go for me making the flight! I will try to check in from Armsterdam!
Love to all!
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