Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shouldn't Have Blinked

Yesterday I arrived home from Uganda. I still can't believe that it went so fast. The two weeks in Uganda seemed to fly by without even taking a breath. It seems like I just blinked and it was over. But I have the memories and the pictures to prove that I was actually in Uganda!

While in Uganda I wanted to blog my whole trip but everytime I tried the computer center would be closed or the internet wouldn't load blogger. It was so frustrating! So I'll just have to rely on my journal and my memory and tell the stories now. :)

I loaded all my photos to my computer and I have about 2000 so I should have enough stories for a long time:)

Traveling day One Part One :

So I thought I'd start with the traveling the first day the trip started

It was Wednesday morning at 3am that my alarm began to beep like crazy. For a split second I debated to continue sleeping then remembered that I was leaving for Uganda so up I jumped, showered and threw in the remaining items before zipping up my two suit cases. I ran down stairs where the team was little by little beginning to show up. No one seemed tired - the anticipation was in the air! We left the house at 4am and drove to Albuquerque, New Mexico where our flight would fly out at 10:40am to Los Angeles. Then a 5 hour lay over and then a 15 hour flight to Dubai. Followed by another 12 hour lay over. On to Ethopia, then on to Uganda. Lots of flights in just 2 days of non-stop traveling.
In Los Angeles on our layover my sweet friend Vanessa got to have her first Starbucks ever!!! It was a big moment as she is 18! My family, well we're addicted to coffee, so I had to post a picture - besides she reads my blog. :)

When we arrived in Dubai we found some taxies and split up. While driving we passed the worlds tallest building - it was ummmm really tall! We had a hotel that the airlines gave us some rooms in to sleep since it was such a long layover. We were all starving and it was 10:30 at night. Two of the adults decided to walk and buy some pizza at a Pizza Hut down the road. Too dangerous for fifteen people to walk, so we opted for just two.

After dinner or a midnight snack we slept a little then got up to head back to the airport.
And on we flew to Ethiopia and then Uganda.

In Ethiopia they don't allow you to leave the plane so we sat there for like 2 hours and made friends with all the fellow passengers! Finally we were in the air again.

Uganda was getting so close people were getting itchy! I had a window seat and was sitting next to Josh and a Ugandan man. The faces of the team was priceless - everyone was excited as the wheels on the airplane hit the run way. We were there!! We had made it to Uganda.
Uganda From the plane


Chris and Sarah said...

I was just thinking about you wondering if you were home yet. So when do we get to see those baby pictures???

natali said...

I bet you had a fabulous time in Uganda! That's a LOT of traveling :))
And I bet that was a wonderful moment when you looked and saw Uganda out of the window as you guys were landing! Can't wait to hear the other stories :D

CARE Families said...

Haaaa... traveling for days to get to a place not many people want to be...I love that feeling!

Looking forward to reading about your first day!


Nessa said...

That coffee was good too! I miss you already girlie! :) luv you tons.

Nancy said...

Yay, updates! :) Thanks, Emma...I am looking forward to following along, albeit after the fact! BTW, how is your Dad doing? Praying for him! :)

Hugs...Nancy in CT

Lexie said...

Ah, i just LOVE it!! I had totally forgot about how AMAZING it was to finally see Uganda from the air. Wow! Brought back memories! And I remember walking off that plane....looking back and seeing a perfect rainbow over the plane.

Just perfect.

Can't wait to read more!

Anonymous said...

You are a very special and wise young lady! God has special plans for you!