Thursday, July 14, 2016

Traveling to Zambia

We left DFW around noon on Wednesday, June 23rd.  I flew with Amy Pratt, her daughter (Meredith), Lizzie Oliphint, her daughter (Katie), and her daughter's friend (Callie).

The flight was about 14 hours to Dubai.  It wasn't too bad except for the poor screaming child.  He screamed for several hours straight, but it seemed as though he may have had special needs.  I felt bad for the parents as they could find nothing to calm him down!  I still managed to sleep a little and watch a couple of movies to pass the time, though.  We landed safely in Dubai and made it to the airport hotel for our 20 hour layover.  We rested for an hour, ate at the hotel, then went to the Dubai mall to walk around and kill time to make ourselves stay awake.

We saw the Burj Khalifa from afar.   Last year we went to the top, but we decided we did not need feel the need to do it again, so we enjoyed taking pictures in front of it from afar.  

We traveled during Ramadan, so we couldn't eat as all of the restaurants were closed, so we just walked around and looked at the shops and people watched until the fountain show about 7:30.

After that, we made our way back to the hotel, fell asleep around 9:00pm Dubai time and had a great night's rest.  Our flight left Dubai at 9:25am on Friday morning.  We were about an hour late taking off because the stairs were "stuck" to the plane.  Haha!  The 6 hour flight seemed so short compared to the one the night before! 

Once we landed in Zambia, we had to wait forever in a really long line for our Visa.  We chose the line with 2 workers thinking it would go faster.  We should have known...TIA (This is Africa).  It was the longest line because the 2 workers just talked the whole time!  We ended up being one of the last few to get our Visas.  The positive was that we didn't have to search for our luggage because there were only a few lonely suitcases sitting there! :)  Tia and some of the education girls were there to greet us, and it was SO good to see their smiling faces!  I was so excited to be there!

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