Well, we are off and it hasn’t been an especially auspicious journey so far. Our suitcases were all under weight, the flights have universally been early and the airports have been well stocked with American type food for purchase at a slightly higher than reasonable rate.
I did get chastised in Brussels, the land of my forebearers, for wasting the security overseer’s time by asking for a hand check on my film and not being able to speak whatever the local language is here. In the end, it was so much bluster and not really all that much time wasting, and here we are waiting to catch our final leg into Entebbe. Lord willing, the luggage will arrive intact and at the same time as we do, otherwise things could get interesting. I have had no luck thus far in finding free internet. It seems that every airport I have ever been in has free wifi, but we seem to be hitting all the backwater stops on this trip: Los Angeles, Washington DC, Brussels. They did actually have American style power outlets here in Brussels that actually pass electrons, so I’m waiting for my flight and taking the opportunity to charge my laptop battery, which lasts about six seconds on a full charge anyway.
One other feature of the eco-conscious Europeans are the Dyson air jets in the bathrooms. There are no paper towels, a fact that has thwarted plans thus far to wash my face in any significant way.
Pray for us as we adjust our schedules to Uganda’s ten hours ahead time zone. Karen and Chloe had rigourous schedules for waking and sleeping on the plane in order to facilitate this transition, and though they stuck to them admirably, we managed to get a jump on several leather couches here in the terminal and they are both out despite it being 9:00AM. We’ll see how it goes.