Africa Day 0 & 1: Prelude

Posted in africa 2008, personal, photos, travel at 1:30 pm by wingerz

Need to catch up on a handful of journal entries since I jumped straight into day 3 when I first started writing. Almost done!

Day 0: 3/14 Boston, MA, Logan

It still hasn’t sunk in that we’ll be in Africa in two days. In the first few hours I’ve already realized that traveling in a group will make things a lot easier. Tomorrow (a 15-hour layover in London) will probably be stress-free but after that I don’t know what to expect. Should be the experience of a lifetime, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be pleasant. Biggest worries – geting sick / getting robbed / losing camera stuff. The rest has been mitigated by traveling in a big group. Mostly looking forward to going on safari.

Day 1: 3/15, London

London is a bit underwhelming, but I think it is partially my fault. I would love to come back some day. We take a walking tour with an eccentric guide who tries to shepherd a huge group of us along the Thames, and I just stop paying attention. I also haven’t done much research ahead of time, and someone else is holding the guidebooks so I don’t really feel all that invested in learning about things we see. Too damn tired to have the patience to enjoy the Tate Modern, though I think it is a great museum (and Jen really likes it).

We have lunch at the bustling Borough Market. It’s a huge, huge farmer’s market and food court. I am mesmerized by all of the options and delicious smells. I eat a lamb burger, baguette, and chocolate croissant.

London seems quite mundane in comparison to what’s in store. Glad that tomorrow is another travel day because it will ease us slowly into being in a completely foreign land. Safari should be a low-stress way to kick things off.

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  1. ~wingerz » Africa 2008: The complete journal said,

    November 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    […] Day 0 & 1: Prelude Day 2: We have arrived Day 3: We’re on safari! Day 4: View from above Day 4: Lion tracking Day 4: Eulogy for a goat Day 4: Fun with Maasai Day 5: Detour to Lake Manyara Day 5: Luxury camping Day 6: Descent into the crater Day 7: Waiting for school Day 7: End of safari Day 7: Off to Rwanda Day 8: Remembering the genocide Day 9: Gorillas in the mist Day 10: Shoping in Rwanda Day 10: Leaving Rwanda Day 10: Travel arrangements, Africa-style Day 11: Dar, home away from home Day 12: Paradise Day 13: Snorkeling Mnemba Day 13: Sunset dhow cruise Day 14: Zanzibar for tourists Day 15: Seeing sealife (and eating it) Day 16: Going home Back from Africa […]

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