20 October 2008

The Journey Home...

If Ninevites cannot tell their left hand from their right hand… then it should be said that Ugandans don’t know their AM from their PM…

We arrived in Uganda at 5 AM on Sunday and the driver who was supposed to pick us up was nowhere to be seen… when I called he explained that he would be more than ready to pick us up in 12 hours… although it was a tempting offer it had been a long day so we just got a taxi to take us home…

Our day of travel started the previous morning when we walked from our hotel with luggage in tow to the subway… with a brief re-fueling stop at Starbucks… its hard work trying to get a years worth of drinking into these short trips but we try…



We met up with the missionaries to Kenya at the airport and flew on the same flight with them to Egypt…

We planned to met Christine’s brother Joel at the airport but it is a pretty large place… we were told by the security officers that we would have to buy visas just to look around for him outside… instead I quickly made friends with one of the guards and convinced him to escort Christine outside to help her look for her brother…

Joel had strategically placed himself in the only spot the guard allowed Christine to look… which delighted the security guard to be of great help while making efficient use of his time… so we picked up our visas… which look really cool in our passport… I prefer stickers over stamps…

Joel hailed a taxi straight out of the 1960s… it was the size of those Euro Smart cars but only 50 years older… and soon the 5 of us and our 4 bags were cruising the streets of Cairo…



Some cameras add 15 pounds… my camera has a special feature that adds a second chin… I got to figure out how to turn it off… but this is us in the tiny taxi cruising Cairo...



The driving was very Ugandan… aggressive with no particular order… which made us feel right at home…

We made our way to the Nile and had dinner on an old cruise boat that had been converted into a Chilis… yes Chilis… sing it with me “give me my baby-back baby-back…”



Back at the airport we enjoyed the free wifi and Starbucks while our flight was delayed an additional hour+… the boys celebrated the delay by not sleeping even as we closed in on midnight… so I used the free wifi to surf Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine websites… wild times in Cairo…

Once on board the flight I was sure that we were in Africa… apparently Egyptians don’t know how to check luggage so the over-crowded plane was stuffed with additional bags, cardboard boxes and treasure chests on each of the passengers laps…

This made sleeping difficult… but to celebrate the fact that we did eventually fall asleep they awoke us by spraying all of the passengers for ticks… I kid you not… I think it is a weird form of tribalism… whenever we fly in Africa we get sprayed for something and it is always different depending on where we are flying from and where we are flying too…

The Ugandan jokes… those tick infested Egyptians… while the Egyptian laughs… those mosquito lovin’ Ugandans… and on and on it goes…

So when Noah and Kadin have cross-eyed, 3-legged, 6-fingered children they can blame it on EgyptAir… or their missionary parents…

All in all we survived barely... which seems to be our favorite mode of travel...

It's good to be home!

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