Suitcases packed, ready to go!love The Amazing Race. If I were to go on a reality show that would definitely be it. So, as I sit here in D.C. enjoying our 6 1/2 hour layover I'm totally thinking that Phil will be meeting us at the finish line when we get to Addis, except that Phil will actually be Almaz and the prize will be Baby M.
When we checked in this morning in Seattle our Ethiopian experience got off to a good start because the man checking us in was from Ethiopia! He was pretty excited when he heard where we were going. I also passed my friend Dana going through security so there was a lot of friendliness during the wee hours this morning.
So far we've logged 11 travel hours (yes, I'm counting being up at 2:00 this morning as the official start of the travel day) and only have 20 more to go. Piece of cake. I scoff in the face of travel doldrums and hours of monotony. You would not believe what exciting experiences await you at Dulles International Airport! For instance, we spent a good hour and a half eating a cheeseburger. There is a Dunkin' Donuts mecca just waiting to serve overly sweetened coffee, and the 10-minute manicure shop is right across the way. I think it's reasonable to have 6 manicures, killing another hour of time.
As we've just checked in for our Ethiopian Air flight I have now set up shop across from the restrooms to get in some covert surveillance time. In this city of politicos we all know what could go down in the public bathroom and I'm not too proud to report on any incidents that may occur.
Jason has already managed to have an allergic reaction to who knows what, probably the soap in the bathroom. His finger has swollen to twice its normal size and he's quickly going through his allergy medication. This is part of the normal travel experience with Jason though. What would a trip be without an ailment to complain of?
Ooo, ooo, bathroom update...toilet paper debacle heading towards gate D. I'm on the case.
So long for now!
Blogging and doing reconnaissance