So, I'll start easy. I'll start short. I'll start with just the travel to Addis. See.... I sort of cheat, because there isn't a whole lot to say. The big day was the day after we arrived.
Stacy and I completed our packing the night before we left. A huge thank you again to all those who donated items and/or money for Hannah's Hope, and of course to Roy, who enabled us to bring more donations than normally allowed. Love the green lights.
So, Amy volunteered to pick us up at 9:45am with her truck and lattes in hand. True to form... that's exactly what happened. I couldn't really sleep the night before, so I got up way early and started cleaning and doing laundry. Clearly something was amiss. This is not regular activity for me... But, who doesn't love coming home to a tidy house and clean sheets? And, it was a good time killer. I was excited to get on the plane.
All went well at the airport (and classic -- they didn't even weigh the bins after our careful weight allocation) and we boarded the plane. We proceeded to watch several movies, sleep (with assistance), and eat plenty of airplane food. We had a layover in Amsterdam for a few hours (we met up with some other AGCI families -- The Easts, McBrides, and one other family) and we all carried on for another 9-10 hours into Addis Ababa via Khartoum, Sudan. We easily made it through customs and immigration and Johannes was there to great us with a couple of vans to get us to the Union Hotel. The expected mayhem at the airport was absent. There were several men on hand at the airport who assisted getting the luggage/bins on the roof of the vans and were looking for tips, which we were expecting, so no big deal. We arrived at the Union Hotel around midnight, checked into our rooms, and anxiously awaited the morning to arrive --because we were only 14 hours away from holding our children for the first time. ....
Getting all the luggage/bins on top of the vans... and then off to the Union Hotel we went.