Up at 4:30 Monday, out the door rolling my suitcase behind me up Albany Road. The six of our group were assembled by 5am and Denny, a Groundscrew employee (who is himself headed to S. Africa in 10 days, having won at a silent auction a Plains Animals Hunt!!), did a great job driving.
I slept for about half of the 3 hour ride to JFK (where, having been in many spiffy new airports in China last summer, I was seriously underwhelmed by the international terminal!)
Emirates Air is a terrific airline: wide, comfortable seats, big and extensive entertainment center in the seat-back (with all the new, Oscar movies!), great food, outlets for keeping your electronic charged and...even better...since I was The Very Last Person to get on the plane (thanks, Dad!), I was able to see right away that one of the four-seat middle rows was unoccupied, so I sat down there instead of walking back a little further with the group. That's luxury! I didn't sleep all that much, but enjoyed the chance to lie down and stretch out, and I watched half of Silver Linings Playbook, all of Life of Pi, some Parenthoood, some Modern Family...a very smooth trip. Great food, too.
We flew over Maine, south of Iceland, over Norway, Poland...the next time I looked we were in Iraqi air space headed towards Basra! We are now in Dubai, in a 2-hour layover....waiting for a 5-hour flight to Dar es Salaam, then a 3-hour layover...1.5-hour flight to Mwanza...half-hour van ride to the JBFC. That's 31 hours since leaving the house Monday morning, but who's counting?!! I should be there by about noon on Tuesday, EST.
Thanks for reading! I hope to be able to post again soon.