Airport in Addis

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

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

We arrived in Addis and opted to go right to the secure area of the gate again. Like Kenya the line through security was longer and we didn't want to miss our connection. I am not sure what culture it is but there was something going on that certain people tried to push their way to the front of the line cutting people off and going right to the front. I am no linguist but it sounded like they were speaking swahili and they were all young people. 20 or younger. I loved it when the security guard turned them around and pointed them to the end of the line. No cutting in line in Addis!

In the waiting area we saw many of the people we had seen the first time we connected in Addis but their families had grown while in Africa. It seemed that a lot of people had come to Africa to adopt children. Their happiness was contagious.

On the plane we sat next to a young woman coming back from a mission trip. They had been teaching ways of preventing germ transmission to a local tribe in Ethiopia. She was a sweet girl and had some interesting stories about her adventure.

The flight from Addis to Washington D.C will give me a lot of time to think about what I have learned on this trip:

  • You will need a Yellow Fever Certificate
  • I never once used my bug spray or my sun lotion and had no ill effects
  • November is a great time to go to Kenya
  • Don't waste time trying to find one particular animal. If it is there your guide will make sure you get to see it.
  • Use a friend as a beard when trying to take candid shots
  • Pump the handle of the toilet to get it to flush fully

Things I knew before but think might be of help planning to visit Kenya

  • Don't make animal noises to get the attention of the wild animals
  • Keep your door closed to keep out the real monkey business. This means all the time!
  • Enjoy the journey not the destination

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