I made it back to Kenya safely! It’s exciting being back among the crazy traffic, sights and smells of Nairobi. I’m excited to be here, get into the swing of things, see some friends and work on my potential business ideas. I have no idea what this year will hold but I have no doubt it’s going to be a great ride.
I must say though that this trip to Kenya was among the worst I’ve experienced. Because it was the cheapest ticket, I ended up booking a flight that included a night in the Washington D.C. airport. Not a good decision. I got there around 11:00 PM and had a 10-hour layover before my 13-hour flight to Ethiopia. I was praying that D.C. would have a soft carpet or a bench without armrests where I could curl up and rest. No such luck. Instead, I found a 24-hour café and watched Australian Open tennis ALL NIGHT. It was alright, but not something I would voluntarily do over. Next time I’ll pay the extra $200 and fly to Dubai. I did, however, think about the fact that homeless people face this situation every night. The only difference is they don’t have the fortitude of spending nights inside, on a soft chair. Even more than the physical challenge, it would be psychologically difficult knowing you had no one and nowhere to go. When I was tempted to complain about my own situation, I remembered the plight of the people I work with in Kenya. After that, it’s hard to complain about having a single night of discomfort among so many blessings. Life is about the journey, not the destination and if I’m too busy complaining I’ll miss out on the best parts.
Needless to say, I slept for over half the flight from D.C. to Addis Ababa and arrived safely in Kenya, 33 hours after leaving Denver. I hope you enjoy reading about my next few months in Africa as I continue my life here.