Its a long way to Africa

Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2010

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

6am Dakar from Mel

Our day began at 4:15am clouded in the faint smell of distant lands. Apparently our cab driver had worked up quite a sweat with a previous customer….omen of things to come?   

Our first 17 hours have gone without a hitch…although Barbara, God love her, keeps telling me we have 10 hours to go till we lie flat.   We are currently on the ground in Dakar for refueling and new passengers.   We are eyeing a 5 across empty row in the vicinity….hopefully the good people of Dakar are not traveling today.

6am Dakar from Barbara
The problem is that I didn't get four hours of sleep last night – thinking, like the optimistic fool I am, that somewhere between LA and Washington, DC (our nation’s capital) or at the very least between DC and Dakar – sleep would inevitably be part of my future.  Sadly, I was mistaken.  For reasons that totally elude me, the good people at both United Air Lines and South Africa Airways have designed planes that have an inscrutable design that prevents the raising of the armrest all the way up.  So one achieves a 73% raised position – approximately the middle of the triceps but no more – trust me when I tell you this is sub-optimal.  We were really lucky on the first leg of the trip to have a seat between us and two unfilled seats to ourselves from DC to Dakar – but again this armrest design has the Third Reich written all over it and no sleep was attained – aside from a brief snoozing during the Michael Jackson "This is It" extravaganza.  I also caught a few brief moments of unconsciousness while listening to Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue”
which I looped though my headphones repeatedly.  I am definitely resorting to a pharmaceutic solution for the coming 8 hours to Joburg.
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spacebarb on

So glad you got there safe, sound and unscathed, with the exception of the nasty armrest issue.

Linda on

The peaceful calm of the Africa sunrise with the backdrop of the monkeypod trees is breathtaking. I can almost smell the dew on the grass.

My arms ache to cuddle the incredible animals of the African plains....well, maybe not the baboon spider or the green mamba. Are they both poisonous?

Who are your hosts? Looks like a fabulous time. Wish I were there too!!!!
I've always wanted to go. Maybe some day.

Barbara-You are the luckiest gal!!!
Safe journey to you both!

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