D Plus 1 (20/4/2011)
It’s not every day you have a flight layover in Dubai and feel like a celebrity being chased by paparazzi.
In this case the paparazzi were a Chinese tour group of about 40 and the celebrity was our four year old daughter and her blonde hair. The friendly Chinese tourists provided a delightful interlude during our layover, and was an early reminder of what we’re likely to experience in Africa… ‘One of these things is not like the other…”!
Yesterday was D-Day for the Steere family as we invaded Kenya after roughly 30 hours of transit from Adelaide. We had an uneventful trip; the kids slept nearly 8 hours on the long haul Melbourne-Dubai, and that helped immensely. The kid-friendly flight attendants on Emirates are legen… (wait for it) …dary, and many hours of Thomas the Tank Engine and Bambi were watched.
We were met at the airport by Daniel, the SIM representative from the office here in Kenya, and he escorted us to our home for the next week in Nairobi, the Mayfield Guest House. We’re here doing a bit of orientation and acclimation until we head to Kijabe.
This morning is D plus 1 and I write this short update with a full stomach after breakfast (papaya, oatmeal, and toast) and coffee. The children, by the grace of God, slept from 7p to nearly 5a this morning…which meant we all got a good night’s sleep. Hallelujah.
The sound of the distant adhan (Muslim call to prayer) from a nearby mosque which woke us up this morning, and the faint smell of burning garbage lingering in the air exist alongside the beautiful flowers lining the gardens here at the guest house, and the warm hospitality of the Kenyans we have met so far. It’s a wonderful cacophony of sounds, smells, emotions, and sights.
We’re here, we’re safe, we’ve eaten and slept, and the kids are enjoying the little playground outside with Mardi as I write. It’s time to start the day.
Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, and Facebook encouragement…we’ve had as good a start to our time here in Kenya as we thought possible, and we are immensely grateful.