On Wednesday I leave for just shy of four weeks in Africa. This trip is a wonderful combination of work and play. I start in Ethiopia for work where I will get to a explore a new land – both in the capital as well as the rural countryside. Then I have a week with my parents in Tanzania during which I will get to reconnect with friends made last year, spend time on the beach and in the water, as well as wander Zanzibar for a day or two. The trip ends with two days in Kenya and four days in Rwanda; both for work. I will update as I can from the road (always remember that in my world, no news is good news.)Â
I have promised several people a few statistics for this upcoming trip, so here they are:Â
- I will add one country to my list: Ethiopia. Although one plane I am on will stop in Khartoum, I will resist the urge to step on Sudanese soil.
- I will fly on 15 planes and pass through 10 airports.
- I will spend around 43 hours on planes and 33 hours in airports (rough rounding on both counts).Â
- I somehow managed to have a few early departures including: 4am, 5:30am, 7:30am, and 7:45am. I guess I will not have to worry about traffic on the way to the airport those days.
Answers to questions I am frequently asked:
- No, I did not need to get any vaccinations for this trip. My shot record is long and is up to date.Â
- Yes, I consider my passport a good friend.
- Yes, traveling alone is ok. Even if I am a woman.Â
- Yes, I sleep well on planes.
Here is the itinerary (overlapping days are due to travel):
- April 8: leave Nashville
- April 9 – 11: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- April 11 – 15: Konson region, Ethiopia
- April 15 – 17: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- April 17 – 27: Dar es Salam, Tanzania (and a few days in Zanzibar)
- April 27 – 29: Nairobi, Kenya
- April 29 – May 2: Kigali, Rwanda
- May 3: arrive in Nashville
More to come from the road… now for some cleaning and packing.