But I'm home now and it's time to tell the story of my time in Africa. It seems like we left so long ago but the time went by so fast. I'm going to try and write about this trip like I would anything else. I know many of you have trips planned in the near future so I hope to give you a little glimpse of what's in store and maybe you'll even get a few helpful hints along the way.
So, it all started with a trip to the airport...
Visiting Orphans plans trips all over the world and anyone can sign up to go on a trip with them. These are all of the people from the Nashville area. This is right before we got on our plane to DC. When I look at this picture now, I think everyone looks so clean and fresh. And my hair looks like it should...nice & poufy. It never looked like that again.
We got on our puddle jumper plane and headed to DC. We quickly scoped out the restaurant situation for lunch and dinner. We had lunch at Chipotle and then we spent a lot of time walking around the airport. I decided that I needed to buy a wedding ring because I had left my diamond at home and my hand felt necked.
Here I am buying a sterling silver wedding band for $20. Nothing says redneck like buying your own wedding ring in the airport. I also bought some Obama postcards for some special people. I hope the man at the Borders book store really mailed them like he said he would.
We were anxiously awaiting for Jesse, the final member of the TSC team to arrive. He was flying in from Raleigh so we decided that we would greet him at the gate. For future reference, it's a smart idea to take a 6 foot 5 redneck from North Carolina to Africa. He was just handy to have around. This man carried many bags for us and made sure that we were always safe. We ended up nicknaming him Papa Duck because he was always making sure we were where we needed to be and we followed behind him wherever he went. We spent the rest of our time meeting the other members of the team that were flying in and then we ate our last meal at Five Guys Cheeseburgers.
We spent the last little bit of time freshening up in the DC bathroom before the big 15 hour flight. Have I mentioned how clean the bathrooms were in that airport? I have a new appreciation for bathrooms and toilet paper wherever I go.
Mission Trip Hint #1: When they give you the list of things to bring on your trip and you see toilet paper...fyi- they really mean it.
Stay tuned for the next Africa installment as we find out who gets to sit next to me...the very nervous flyer.