upcoming travels

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.) 

I have promised several people a few statistics for this upcoming trip, so here they are: 

  • 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). 
  • 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. 
  • Yes, I consider my passport a good friend.
  • Yes, traveling alone is ok. Even if I am a woman. 
  • 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.

3 Replies to “upcoming travels”

  1. You didn’t answer the questions that always haunt me about your trips, like:

    Do you check your bags?
    How many pairs of underwear do you pack?
    Do you ever count how many different ways you flush toilets during one trip? (and will you count for this trip?)
    Aren’t you at least the tiny bit curious to touch K-town soil?
    Will you get to wear fish-spotting goggles on the cool island named “Zanzibar”?

    Best of fun and luck. Say “hi” to the people I know. Ask good questions for me. 😉

  2. Let’s see….
    -I do not check bags on my way to Africa, but have to on the smaller planes Africa. Also, on the way back to Nashville, I do not care when they arrive, so I generally check them then too.
    -Pairs of underwear: 5 (wash as you go)
    -No…I don’t count the different ways I flush a toilet on any one trip, but just might this time around.
    -Definitely curious about Khartoum. Someday…
    -As for fish spotting googles, most definitely while in Tanzania, we’ll see about Zanzibar.
    -Peeing in the bush: yes, typically a sign of an excellent trip or of a vehicle breaking down. But then, a broken down vehicle does not necessarily make a trip bad.

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