Start of the trip and transit in Paris
Trip Start Sep 08, 2013
13Trip End Oct 04, 2013
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As for me I’m not on my way to Burundi. I’m now in Paris, but still have a long trip before me. I left Dallas yesterday at 1:00 pm on a flight to Boston, where I had only a few minutes before boarding the overnight flight to Paris. Here I have a 3 hour layover before an even longer flight to Nairobi, which I will leave just before midnight local time for a flight to Bujumbura via Kigali. I should arrive at a little before 2:00 am (!) and hopefully grab a little sleep before getting going with the day’s activities.
The world seems a little grumpy at the moment. When I boarded the Boston Paris flight, I put my carryon bag and jacket in the overhead bin just opposite my seat as I usually do. It’s easier to keep an eye on things across the aisle rather that right overhead. Shortly after I settled in an older couple came to the seats opposite me and the man immediately shoved my bag over and wadded my jacket in over it. I stood and refolded my jacked and he asked me angrily, "if that your stuff?’ When I said it was, he blurted, “Why don’t you use your own side?" I replied calmly that it was easier to keep an eye on one’s things across the aisle rather than right above one’s head. He stopped and thought about that for a moment, and then, complained to his wife, “Well if he’s going to use our side we may as well use his”, and moved their affairs from over their seat to over mine.
Then on arrival in Paris the ground staff seemed imperious and especially unhelpful. But drivers would only give a minimum of unhelpful information to frustration transit passengers. Wrong information was given and so on. When I got to the airline lounge which I have a right to use with my Delta frequent flyer card, the attendant told that I didn’t really have a right to use their services, but “exceptionally” she would allow me in. She was posing for some new girls she was apparently training. I kept a straight face – on the outside. So in this corner of the world, things seem a bit “techy” this morning. Perhaps things will be better in Africa….
This trip should take me to Burundi, Rwanda and Togo before heading back to Europe. I had intended to visit the DRC and Cote d’Ivoire as well but the way our move worked out, there wasn’t time. I’ll try to make that up early next year.