Traveling from Dallas to Nairobi

5 Commentsby   |  06.07.11  |  Kenya

Today has been a long, and I guess technically 2, days. After meeting for lunch at 11:30 am on Sunday, June 4, our mission team of 15 traveled to the airport and spent a good 2 hours checking luggage, saying our goodbyes to family, and passing through security. Each member of our team brought a personal carry on and checked a suitcase and then carried on a laptop and checked 2 footlockers containing Sam’s Place supplies. Our flight left at 5:50 pm from Dallas and we flew 9 hours to London. London is 6 hours ahead of Texas so I meticulously calculated that in order for me to avoid jet lag I needed to sleep on this flight and luckily I did. Once we reached London the gate was full so we had to circle the airport until we were able to land, which wasn’t until 9:30 am (London time…it was 3:30 am back home!). We then rushed through London Hethrow airport, which might I add is absolutely gigantic, because our flight was in less than 40 minutes and the terminal was across the airport. And when I say across the airport, we had to take 5 escalators, 1 lift, 1 tram, and lots and lots of walking. We had to go through security again and I had to get a full body search while Bonnie was taken away to get a full body scan. Going through security this trip was kind of an issue sense we were each carrying so many laptops for the orphanage: 1. You have to take out each individual laptop and place it in its own tray and 2. The security officers were quite weary of all of our laptops and made it a little more difficult for us to pass. Dr. Vernon had the unfortunate happening of getting his peanut butter confiscated, which really is unfortunate because sometimes this is the only source of protein we have while in Kenya (luckily I checked mine!). After all of this, we made it to the gate 10 minutes late, but they were running late as well so we made it on the flight! And then something so crazy and unexpected happened…I ran into some Harding friends!! As I was making my way down the aisle, a friend from Harding, Kimberly Savage, called out my name! And this isn’t a flight in America, which would still be ironic, but we were on a flight from London to Nairobi!! What a coincidence! Anyways, we left London at approximately 11 am (London time) and arrived at 9:30 pm (Nairobi time), Nairobi is 2 hours ahead of London (Ryan, my brother who is in Estonia for the summer, and I are in the same time zone!!) Although this wasn’t part of my meticulously drawn out plan of avoiding jet lag, I slept for probably 4 of the 9 hours we flew. Once we arrived, we had to get our visas, locate the baggage claim, find ALL of our baggage (3 checked bags a person), and find our driver, Joseph. Finally, at about 12 am, we made it to the guest house we will be staying at for the next day while in Nairobi. Tomorrow some of us will go out in Nairobi and get supplies for Sam’s Place while others visit a current deaf school in Nairobi, and on Wednesday we will travel to the orphanage located in Rongo, which is 5 hours west of Nairobi. I have been given the upsetting news that I might not have internet at all, and in that case I will write my blogs and then post them when we go into town (and if Rongo doesn’t have any internet locations, I will have to wait until we take trips back to Nairobi, which is 2 separate times in the summer). Anyways, thus far the trip has gone smoothly but I’m exhausted and we haven’t even made it to the orphanage!

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