Thursday, March 31, 2011

I made it!

 

My first flight started a little late, but there wasn't a lot of turbulence. The movies and TV did not work on the plane so basically I had to sleep the whole time… good thing was I had my little section to myself. When I got to Jo-burg and went looking for the man from the Lilypad, I ended up looking and waiting in the wrong area. I did not see him when I came out of the arrivals area and thought I had to wait outside (because that is what the handbook says). Well things have changed at the airport and they can no longer park and wait outside. They have to be inside in the designated waiting area with a sign. I totally missed the guy and ended up making him wait for like 40 minutes. I felt really bad that I made him wait, but was very glad that he stayed.

I was going to try and get on Skype at the BnB, but my internet didn't work until the morning. Got to the Air Botswana check-in and I had a little more luggage than I was allowed to take and the lady said that I would have to pay extra. She ended up not charging me, which was really nice. When I was walking around the airport, I think I saw 3 of the players from the Brazilian soccer team Palermios. It was pretty cool to see a professional athlete up close. It was funny because I had just watched a game of them playing on the TV at the Lilypad that morning.

The flight to Kasane was a little delayed and had to wait for my ride a little bit, but it's all good. When we went through Chobe National Park we saw 3 elephants and a pack of warthogs. We also saw a bunch of monkeys in a tree near the Zambize River. On the way to the village Travis, Niko, and Johannes had to patch up some parts of the road where the river was starting to flow through. I also got to go on the really bumpy ride to drop-off and pick-up staff. I got to meet more of the kids, but kind of forgot most of their names. The younger ones still remember to call me "Billy the Goat".

It has been a crazy 3 days, but an awesome 3. I just thank God for watching over me. I do miss the wifey too and a lot of the people here do too. This post was a little late, but I will try and post a little more often. J

4 comments:

TurnerTom said...

Dang you saw the brazilian soccer team in person! that's sick! Make sure you take a lot of pictures too. The scenery sounds awesome especially hearing you talk about elephants and warthogs on the side of the road. It's good to hear that your enjoying it. God is great and i'll keep praying that God will use your in big ways to impact these children's lives! Ya da man Billy! Love ya

Billy said...

I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous!!! But I'm happy that you went and that you're having a good time! Love and miss you!

Billy said...

oops...guess you love yourself lol. I had to log in to post it to your fb and I never logged out....

Rob said...

Great to see some thoughts on Air Botswana. I run South Africa Travel Online and like to highlight these blogs to our readers, so that they can get an idea of what it's like to fly in deepest Africa. I hope you don't mind, I've linked to this blog entry from our Air Botswana page.