From Phoenix to Accra to Nairobi to Johannesburg and back again: ~21,000 miles
I’m jittery with anticipation and a little bit of anxiety as I think about our trip tomorrow. I’m excited to visit a continent that I’ve never been to before, see old friends and make new ones, and be immersed in a variety of different cultures. I feel so fortunate to be able to have traveled so much in my life and can’t wait to experience as much of Ghana, Kenya and South Africa as possible.
- Days I’ll be away from home: 16 (the 10th – 26th)
- Hours the entire trip that I’ll be in the air: 46
- Partners/employers we’ll be seeing: 9 (so far)
- Countries I’ll visit: Three – Accra, Ghana; Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg, South Africa
- Bags I’ve packed: Three – one checked bag filled with clothes and things I’d be ok with losing; my trusty REI travel backpack/carry-on that’s filled with all the clothes I’d hate to lose; and, my new Patagonia messenger bag stuffed to the brim with the essentials
- Books I’m bringing along: Three actual copies (apparently this is my number) + my trusty Kindle loaded up with five books from the library
- Medicines I’ve brought along with me: at least 8 different kinds. I have been sick on every long term vacation I’ve ever taken, regardless of the climate (I got a chest cold in Argentina, the Philippines and Florida during the summer). I usually truck through it with a mix of rest, available medicine and sheer will – but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
- Pictures I plan on taking: as many as my iPhone can hold
- Visiting two of our former interns while we’re in Accra
- Touring around two of our tertiary partner schools
- Visiting two of our Secondary partners
- Talking with MCF Scholars about their experiences
- Visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi and seeing the orphaned elephant that I fostered who was found STANDING VIGIL BY HER DYING MOTHER
- Staying in this tented Safari camp for one night in Pilanesberg National Park in Johannesburg
My hope is to write every single day that we’re there, even if it was a relatively uneventful day. I’m not sure when I’ll ever be able to go back to Africa, so I want to make sure to make the most of it and remember as much as possible.