Is it real or is it memorex?

Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
Trip End Nov 11, 2011

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Cory and I really don't do holiday buying. Guess we just don't fall under the constraints of modern society. So it was only coincidence that we booked our African Safari on Valentines Day. I am always looking for the next great deal. When listed this Safari with Lion World Tours as one of the top 20 deals I couldn't look away. 
It was a rough "travel" year last year. The trip we had planned to Machu Picchu in March had to be postponed to October due to unprecedented floods and mudslides. That was when we decided to go to India instead. We thought that trip was going to be canceled do the volcanoes in Iceland stopping most of the flights just about the time we were to go to India. Then October arrived and our Peru trip was canceled at the last minute because the agency that booked our trip went bankrupt. Not to be deterred we booked a short Disney Cruise and the day before we were leaving my father had a tragic accident, and was burned over 38% of his body with 3rd degree burns. He spent 3 months in the hospital and 5 and a half weeks of that in a coma. For the first time in all of our years of travel we bought trip insurance. It is weird what that kind of setback can do to your confidence. I am sitting here 3 days after booking this trip not sure if it will really happen but that doesn't dampen my excitement.

I have been working at Disney's Animal Kingdom for 10 years surrounded by the animals of Africa and Asia. I have been able to be inches from Rhinos, Hippos and Elephants but it isn't the same as being with them in the wild. Even if we don't see a huge amount of animals there is going to be something magical about looking out over the real savanna and knowing the Baobab trees aren't sculpted out of concrete, knowing that the mud on my safari vehicle is real and that I didn't theme it, knowing that there isn't a hidden ravine keeping that lion from coming right up to our vehicle. This trip is bound to bring new meaning to the story lines that I maintain on a daily basis at Animal Kingdom. I will never be able to walk through Harambe Village without connecting it to a memory of Africa.

I have been looking at our accommodations and I am so excited. There is so much about them that remind me of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I have to wonder what African Lodges the Imagineers used to design our very own Lodge. Already I have seen pictures that remind me of Jikos the restaurant in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I think that this trip is going to inspire me in ways I never imagined. I really can't wait.

Now the preparation begins. I have to decide if we want to get our visas before we go or get them in the airport in Kenya. I have to make an appointment for the doctor to get anti malaria pills and possibly some vaccines. What do we pack? Do the Kenyans prefer U.S. currency over their own? Are ATM's readily available? I have to get a travel phrase list together in Swahili... luckily I have a head start on that one since Swahili greetings are used in for Harambe village.  I have 9 months to prepare and I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!
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