Here's a wee list of some DOs and DON'Ts I gathered on this last trip...
1. Do not allow yourself just 3.5 hours of sleep on the night before you begin 29 hours in transit, even if you are
having a great time with Barbara and about 200 other people.
2. Do not have strong (and lovely) European coffee and chocolate croissants at every train station or airport along the way
(unless you like the jagged buzz of caffeine and cocoa combined with exhaustion and jet lag.)
3. Do wear your day pack on your front, not your back, while riding the Metro in Madrid (unless, of course, it was your
intention that the innocent looking young girl and her pregnant mother/friend unzip the front pocket. Bonus
Do: be happy you never keep anything important in that pocket.)
4. Do enjoy tapas at every opportunity while in Spain.
5. Do accept the challenge to a flamenco dance-off in order to raise money for 24-7 Prayer.
6. Don't eat salty food right before the longest leg of your journey and then take your shoes off during that flight.
7. Upon discovering at the end of that long flight that your feet are now far too puffy to fit back into your shoes, don't
worry as you limp down the corridor from the plane in your half-on, half-off shoes.
8. Do elevate your feet and drink lots and lots of water during the 4.5 hour wait in Nairobi.
9. Do not be concerned about how dirty the floor at same airport might be. If it looks heavenly because it offers you
a chance to get horizontal, do just lie down.
10. Do celebrate being back with your kids with tea on the porch and syrup waffle cookies from the airport in Holland!