Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Quadra Continental Epic Family Adventure

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!)

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