Friday, May 1, 2009

Africa or Bust

In less than 24 hours, I will be boarding a plane to start on what amounts to a 24 hour trek over land and sea to the fabled continent of Africa. This is something I never thought would happen. I love to travel, but I have sort of just written off destinations like Africa and Patagonia and Australia--too far, too expensive, too many great things to see closer to home. But sometimes the universe works in the direction of poor, assistant editors working one-and-a-half (great) jobs to pay the bills, and said universe (in the form of a benevolent editor in chief) draws your name from a pot to go on the trip of a lifetime at the tender age of 25. Additionally, the universe invites your 50-something-year-old father (whose only trip abroad has been to various points in Canada) to join you on the trip. And even though said father snores and obsesses about details such as batteries, swine flu and withdrawing money from ATMs, you cannot wait to experience something of this magnificence with one of the greatest people in the world (second only to my mother). I don't know that I can describe how incredibly blessed I feel to get to go on a trip like this for my job. To be honest, I've been so busy lately I haven't had much time to think about it. (I haven't even packed yet.) You may be interested in the details of my epic voyage. Tomorrow we wake up and fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, spend the night there and fly to Livingstone, Zambia, the following day. Victoria Falls (the above photo) is on the Zambia/Zimbabwe border (we will not be heading to Mugabe's Zimbabwe). Then we will be trekking to the Okavango Delta in Botswana to do a safari. We'll be gone for about 12 days, returning to Omaha on May 14. I'll catch you on the flip side. Image of Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls courtesy of Huffington Post (who probably stole it from someone like National Geographic)


Kent said...

What a great opportunity! I served in the Peace Corps in North Africa, Tunisia. Not that where you're going and where I was is close to the same. I'm not sure what you'll be doing there or how you'll travel, but if I were you, I'd travel light. It can be a pain to drag luggage all over the place, especially if you end up somewhere where you don't know where you are :) Have a nice trip.

matt said...

as i already said-- have fun. i look forward to hearing and seeing from you in a couple weeks.

Jess said...

I am so excited for you and cannot wait to hear your tales!

Allison said...

Ciao Neen,
Nice post, I know just how you feel. Enjoy Dad's idiosyncrasies for the next 12 days! I love you and I will see you in a few weeks.