We are flying out tonight - finally!
There is always plenty of drama when we are preparing for a holiday, and I am not sure I can take any more drama. I now need a break!!!
Some of the key lessons I have learned so far...
1. It does not matter how long in advance you plan, things will go wrong - and the things that do are not the things you expected to go wrong... At the moment (it's almost noon) we are still waiting for the US$ we ordered 8 days ago. It should have been a really simple affair. Usually, our bank transfers money in 2 hours. The US$ would have then arrived with a week to spare. However, this time the initial transfer took until Friday evening. Ok (deep breath). Never mind (deep breath). There were another 4 working days before departure. I was led to believe that the money would arrive yesterday. Tried to avoid the niggling feeling that something was still wrong. After all, am I not always criticised for noticing the one speck of dust in another wise spotless room? Unfortunately, I was right on this occasion. When I called the exchange bureau they said there had been temporary clearance delays. Something about the bank not being sure that we authorised the transaction of funds. Did the bank check in with us? Usually they do, but not this time... But it’s 97% certain that the money will arrive any minute. Call me picky, but I want 100% certainty when a timely money transfer decides whether I can pay for accommodation and food on my holiday! I know the odds are very favourable, but then again the odds were favourable for other things that have gone wrong... But I shall remain optimistic. I can’t afford not to be... I still have a day’s work ahead. (Just got a text. The money has arrived - 12:13!)
2. There are many things that look and sound incredibly useful, but they are only useful for me if they do not require a dictionary. I still have not mastered the Shewee. It’s very much a “hit and miss” affair, so I decided to check out user tips online. I never expected to need a dictionary to understand what the successful users are talking about... I was seriously thinking of leaving the Shewee at home and just take the sturdy plastic container it came in. Very useful for storing small items that shouldn’t get squashed and that you want to locate quickly. (The pink colour almost glows in the dark!) There are 2 consolations: There are other women who have openly confessed that they never got the hang of this device that is hailed as a further step towards women’s lib. And apparently there is an alternative use for it. It can be buried in the ground for targeted watering of plants. Wonder what uses I might find for it in Africa? Maybe a mosquito trap?
I am conscious that I am running out of time, but I thought I should mention a bit of our itinery. We are arriving in Livingstone tomorrow and then have a weekend to prepare for our journey East. The trip will take us via Kande Beach (Lake Malawi) through Tanzania all the way to the coast. We'll then have 3 days on Zanzibar, before driving up to Nairobi.
I have bought a Netbook so that I can log all our impressions and travel adventures. However, I am not sure when I will next be able to update the blog. Somehow hunting for an internet cafe trying to download my entries doesn't currently appeal to me. What I like about getting away, is getting away from the every day stuff and the news.
So apologies in advance if there should suddenly be this blog overload when we are back in November...