Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Here We Are in Tanzania!
And so I begin my first post as a resident of Tanzania. Crazy but true, we are finally here.
We are all in the woozy, mind numbing throes of jetlag after well over twenty four hours of door-to-door travel. We've changed ten time zones.
Let me just give you the quotes that stand out in my mind from this journey...
Late at night before our departure, Byron briefs Jesse (20) who will spend a night in Nairobi on his way here in a few weeks:
"Staying alone at a hotel in Nairobi you will be approached by prostitutes. Probably lots of them. Remember, prostitutes are people just like anyone else. Be nice, polite and firm that you are NOT interested."
Standing in line at check-in Colin (13) comments:
"Man, living in America was hard. This is the day I've been waiting for. It's like my reward."
A woman traveler at security who was not happy that they took away several large bottles of liquids from her hand-luggage:
"This is RIDICULOUS! I'm from Canada! We don't HAVE terrorism in CANADA!"
On the second flight when Colin and Heather woke up and realized we were over Africa they looked out the window eagerly. Heather (8) looked back at Colin with very bright eyes and said:
"Colin! We're going HOME!"
This morning Colin asked:
"Does it seem like people are more friendly here?" When I responded positively he said, "It's a whole different world--more heavenly."
Trevor (17), who traveled via a cheaper route and got in 18 hours after us, keeps looking around and saying:
"I'm so happy. I'm SO HAPPY!"
Had to get those down before I forgot them. That's all from my foggy brain.
Thanks for traveling with us :-)