Monday, December 21, 2009

Back in the USA

What a contrast...

We left Botswana at 9 am 3 days ago on Friday morning, the sun strong enough to make us glad for our sunscreen. We arrived home in Walnut Creek, California around 9:30 pm on Saturday night wishing for another layer against an icy wind. 48 hours of non stop travel.

I left my journal on the plane (sadness) so I'm relying on boarding passes and Matt for the timing of the part between Zambia and Johannesburg. Sorry we couldn't get online between Durban and Botswana...

I'll be uploading pics to flickr and posting our tales soon, so check back :)

Friday Dec 18th, Botswana:
5:30 am - Wake up call
5:45 am - Coffee and biscuits
6:00 am - Zambezi River cruise through Chobe Game Park
8:15 am - Breakfast at the lodge
9:00 am - Board safari vehicles back to the Botswana/Zimbabwe boarder
10:00 am - Bus to Victoria Falls Airport
11:15 am - Flight to JoBurg delayed
1:15 am - Depart Vic Falls
2:15 pm - Stop over in Zambia at Livingstone airport because Vic Falls didn't have enough fuel for our plane to make it to JoBurg...
2:50 pm - Finally take off from Zambia to Johannesburg after sitting with no water or air conditioning like sardines marinating in our own juices....
5:15 pm - Arrive three hours late at Johannesburg airport to catch our flight back to JFK
8:15 pm - Fly out Johannesburg to JFK

Saturday Dec 19th
8:00 am - Arrive JFK just in time to reschedule our canceled 6:30 pm flight to a 3:30 pm flight. The rest of our group went to Newark to catch flights out.
3:30 pm - Fly out JFK to SFO as the snow begins to stick to the tarmac
7:30 pm - Arrive SFO to catch Bart home
8:04 pm - Catch BART home to Walnut creek
9:15 pm - Walk the 10 minutes home

Sunday December 20th
9:00 am - Attend our congregation's Special Assembly Day at Fairfield Assembly Hall
4:00 pm - fall unconscious at home since it's 10 hours ahead in my head still....

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