Taking "the wings of the morning!"

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Newark Liberty International Airport, and a B777 en route to London, Heathrow Airport

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sunday, we completed our packing, discovered that we could take three (3!) pieces of checked luggage, each up to 50 lbs., so did some re-arranging. Kathy Georgeson, who was unable to join us for the journey, had rounded up a huge collection of supplies, art materials, pencils, crayons, to take to an orphanage in Mombasa, where a friend of hers works (that was a good part of the reason for Kathy to go with us!).  So we called Kathy, enjoying a bit of serious R&R at their place on Cape Cod, before she heads into surgery on Friday!  And we arranged to get into their condo in Gillette, pack the suitcase with the donated goods, and get it home to go with us to Nairobi!

We were all at the airport and checked in with plenty of time to spare, with all ten (10) pieces of checked luggage among us (could have taken a couple more, would you believe, though I can't imagine where we would have stuffed it on the van on arriving in Nairobi!)  We put Sabrina in the window seat to check our country from the air for a bit – then had to switch seats for her with Ann, when the reading light and in-flight entertainment in that seat didn’t work!  Sabrina managed to catch a flick (have to check with her and find out what she watched, if it was appropriate for a just-turned seventeen-year-old!)

We even managed some sleep on the plane (at least several of us did!) and arrived early in the morning into Heathrow Airport, London.  We have a bit more of an idea why it is that people avoid Heathrow at every opportunity!  Despite having most of our luggage checked through to Nairobi (it did actually all arrive, on the plane with us!  And our miraculous driver for the Mission Tour and Travel  Van, Michael – name means protector or defender of God (Micha –El), managed to get all of our luggage and the four of us into his van for the trip in to the Methodist Guest House!

But back to Heathrow:  more security that we have seen ever in the states!  A second thorough screening, everything out, etc. as we moved from our arrivals gate toward the departures area – even though we never actually left the secure area!  And wouldn’t you know, Ann turned up in trouble with the security check!  Some of her medicines and creams and lotions, while nothing over the prescribed 3 ounces!, was in too large a zip-lock bag!  The screening "lady" required her to check the whole bag and was going to charge an additional $60.00.  We had a slip of paper, in place of the already printed boarding pass (printed up after checking in “on line” on Saturday night and Sunday morning!), which we were to take to the customer service cashier, pay our “fine” and get a new boarding pass.  Not happy, we!  But lo and behold. The good lady at the service counter had a problem, she said, with the computer system and couldn’t take our money there.  She gave us a new boarding pass, and said she doubted the folks at the departure gate would be able to take our money either!  So we escaped Heathrow (by the skin of our teeth, or something!)  Ann fretted, however the whole flight, because all of her medication, and all of our malaria tablets, her protective sleeve for her arm, and a bunch of other crucial stuff was in that large purse!  So there was great rejoicing in the halls of Nairobi when all the pieces of luggage could be accounted for!

'Nuff for now!
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