The wheels are in motion to plan an epic journey for our family. Through an entirely other (wonderful) story, my mother in law is spending a full year in Nairobi, Kenya teaching/working at the Pan Africa Christian University. Naturally (and especially because our plans for Argentina were kiboshed) we thought this would be a great time to visit! This is her fourth trip to Nairobi so she is familiar with the area and the people and if you're going to visit somewhere new - this IS the best way!!
The plan so far:
Continent 1: North America
Depart St John's Newfoundland on June 15, 2013 and through Halifax travel to Reykjavik, Iceland.
Continent 2: Europe
Arrive in Iceland on June 16, 2013. Spend about 3 days there exploring geysers, glaciers and hot springs!
Depart Iceland and land in London, England. Not sure yet if this will just be a stop over or if we'll actually spend some time here... TBD
Continent 3: Asia
Depart England and arrive in Dubai spending a few days there, exploring beaches, buildings, shopping and possibly some indoor skiing?!
Continent 4: Africa
Depart Dubai and head over to Nairobi, Kenya!!
Accommodations: a 3 bedroom townhouse on campus
Plans: explore Nairobi, shop the markets, experience the culture, visit the Maasai Mara and go on a safari, travel to Mombassa on the Indian Ocean and there's been a mention of Kilimanjaro... we'll see about that!
Goals: get kissed by a giraffe...
Most likely the reverse trip will happen in the same way arriving back home around July 13 or 14 - just in time for R to start her provincial v-ball training.
While we're still 5 months away and anything can happen, the plan is to book our flights soon, once we know the dates of R's grade 11 public exams (which the higher uppers at D of Ed say are the 14th - phew!) We actually have the first leg of our trip booked (St John's to Halifax whoop!) because a seat sale came up we couldn't pass on!
First orders of business:
- Find out about the provincial exam schedule and
- Get the necessary immunizations. Some of us need TwinRix, some of us need just the Hep A and we all need Yellow Fever, which is currently the only mandatory immunization for overseas travel. (M and I are booked for Monday! OUCH!)