Gotta love the time change...

Trip Start Dec 02, 2007
Trip End Dec 09, 2007

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Well, I've finally arrived.  It was certainly an eventful
trip!  After updating the blog, I made my way to the gate where my
flight was boarding.  It wasn't just the usual pre-boarding - it
had its own pre-boarding lounge, where you went through security
AGAIN.  I went through the most intense security screening I've
been through yet (save for the thing that blew air on me in the
US...).  I had a total pat-down when I beeped - alarmingly
thorough.  Anyway...

My flight was late leaving Amsterdamn - by an hour.  We ended up
going from one runway to another trying to find winds that were
favourable.  Then our pilot informed us that we couldn't make up
the time by going faster because we'd used up so much fuel
taxing.  That sure inspired confidence.  We also hit the
worst turbulence I've ever been in - glad it was such a huge plane! It
was also cool to be in a plane with stairs! The food was really great
though - KLM really does it up.  We were served two meals, plus
snacks, wine, pop etc.  Really good! Curried veggies, pasta,
tomato soup and good and healthy salads. :)

The flight was significantly better than the first one, mostly because
I had four seats to myself and could stretch out and there were no
children on the flight. I got a fair bit of reading, knitting, and
napping done, so that was nice.  However, upon arrival things went
a little less smoothly.

I got off the flight and got my visa with no problem.  Baggage, on
the other hand, took forever.  We were supposed to be there at
8:10, but we didn't end up leaving until 10pm.  I also ran into a
nasty Brit who was staying at the hotel with us. He wanted to leave
immediately (and had, in fact, tried to convince the drive of the hotel
to leave without me), and did not want to wait for the director of
Project Ploughshares who was still waiting for his luggage. He took off
to try to find him, and sure enough, the director showed up. 
Well, our driver seemed to have had enough of this Brit basically
telling him what was what, and he decided to leave him at the
airport.  It actually made my day.  Here's this obnoxious
Brit telling my Kenyan driver that he's tired and wants to go home
because he's been waiting too long for us (our driver waited two hours
for us!).  Well, the driver had enough.  However, as we were
loading the luggage, he found us and totally called us on leaving
him.  It was still pretty funny though, and he totally freaked
out.  He's what I would describe as someone with a bad
personality, and I came pretty darn close to telling him that.

The drive to the hotel was interesting.  I think it was a good
indication of how tired and jet-lagged I was that it took me about ten
minutes to realize that we were driving on the wrong side of the
road.  And the roundabouts! The Brits sure had a field day with
them here - EVERY major intersection that I've come across so far.

The first thing I noticed when I got off the plane was that it smelled
like developing country.  THere's just something in the air -
cigarette smoke, no A/C, diesel....Kenya also has these interesting
pedestrian crossings that I've seen all over latin America - they're
huge concrete staircases for people to cross major roads, but I've
never seen anyone on them.  It's like the one thing that the
goverment does in Latin America to show that it's doing things for a
community.  Well, they're here as well.  Other than that,
first impressions aren't much since it was dark.  The hotel
(Nairobi Safari Club) is nice.  It's dated but in a very cool way.
In a way that Ross would love! :) I have a balcony, and certainly
enough room to do yoga, and there's wireless.  Should be a fun

Unfortunately at the moment it's 1am and I can't sleep.  It's
about 5pm Kingston time - no wonder! Wide awake.  I also slept a
good amount on the plane (5-6 hours) so I'm not dying yet. 
Ugh.  I just would like to be able to sleep.  Good news is
I'll likely finish my book tonight! (The Underpainter - Jane
Urquahart).  Off to read....
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