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Life in Africa is Hard

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Africa has a lot of big problems, but it's actually day-to-day living that is so challenging.

Where I live, there is only one airline that flies directly to Europe. Air France only flies three times a week, and on Africa time. Sunday's flight departed on Monday afternoon. I was scheduled to fly to London on Tuesday night.

Air France delayed until Wednesday afternoon. Good-bye mani-pedi, but oh well.

We took off. I settled in. An hour later, the purser announced we had a technical issue and were returning to the airport. It was tense in the cabin, with none of the inane chatter that characterizes preparation for landings normally. They stayed off the intercom, except when issuing emergency instructions.

We had a rough descent but a smooth landing, taxied to a stop right there on the runway, and deplaned. They wouldn't let us leave, saying it was not going to be a long wait. Grateful not to be hunks of charred meat nuggets strewn around the countryside, we were happy to go sit in the lounge. Some people were quite shaken up, so, at first, the delay was welcome.

Five hours later, they told us to go get our luggage. They still hadn't officially cancelled the flight, which meant they'd made no effort to rebook us. There are few flights in or out, so seat space is at a premium.

I finally got on another flight, departing today, arriving tomorrow, 50 hours late. Hopefully.

Sadly, I have tickets to see the Harry Potter play, Part 1 tonight. These tickets are hard to come by, and I've been waiting for nine months.

Oh well.


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  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    That sounds scary and frustrating. The worst I had was traveling to my sister's once, weather and missed connections all around. A 7 hour trip (flying and drving) took close to 17 hours, including a lot of waiting at a couple of airports. My legs swelled and I wanted sleep so desperately.
    266 days ago
  • PRETTYHAPPY
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    So glad you're safe!
    327 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/24/2018 10:04:32 PM
  • ENDUROVET
    Oh man, I missed notification of this blog, so I hope you got to see HP...
    I sat down last night to watch Prisoner of Azkaban, which I had TRIED to watch last weekend at my motel in Grapevine, but HBO wasn't working right. My little Mother's Day gift to myself.
    I'm the one who encouraged Z to go to his cousin's graduation in the first place, since he should reconnect with that branch of his paternal family now that he's "all grown up" & negotiate his relationships from there...
    (I volunteered him, in other words) What came as a surprise to me was the fact that M even made the effort to attend - they treated Danielle abominably when she came down for Z's graduation 2 yrs ago. I'll give M the benefit of the doubt & presume he was trying to make amends.
    399 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/14/2018 12:50:09 PM
  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    Hi Cat! Sorry I just now saw your blog. I can only imagine how frustrating that must have been. I hope you were able to enjoy your time in London anyway!
    399 days ago
  • CJBAGGINS
    Hi Cat!
    What a frustrating situation! Sorry you had to deal with that. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled and relieved you were safe but annoyed on your behalf at the way things are done.

    Did you ever get your vacation?

    cj
    411 days ago
  • MSEMBERSTORM
    What a mess. Hope everything else goes smoothly.


    413 days ago
  • RKOTTEK
    Crikey,
    What a disappointment
    Better luck for next time around
    Cheers Richard
    416 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    so sorry to hear here's hoping you get to see the play.......

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    416 days ago
  • JINJERLY
    Oh, that is rotten! 9 months to get tickets and now this emoticon ...with no weather to blame, either. I can't imagine the feeling you had landing from being in the air at over 100 mph. Relief wouldn't be enough to explain it, would it? Wow.
    417 days ago
  • NIGHTSKYSTAR
    Oh, Cat... I'm so sorry this happened, but so very glad you are safe.I dont know if you will get to see the play, and i so hope you do. I know how you plan your precious vacations, and it is hard when those plans go awry.
    Stay safe. my friend, and enjoy London..you deserve it!!
    417 days ago
  • DEBULACLARK
    Awww Cat. I’m sorry. Frustrating to say the least. Sending prayers for safe travels.
    417 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    That sounds frustrating. I hope there are good things about living there to balance the frustrating ones.
    417 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    I've lived in a few countries, and I understand. People in some parts of the world take it for granted that things just run smoothly everywhere, and if not then someone is at fault.I remember the Swiss getting upset when a train left the station more than about a minute late. People looking at their watches...




    417 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Yikes, What a mess. So undependable. So sorry about the play.
    417 days ago
  • no profile photo ROSSYFLOSSY
    Sending good thoughts.
    417 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Yikes!
    417 days ago
  • LIVINHEALTHY9
    Yikes! All that has to be very stressful.
    Hope you make it to see the Harry Potter play. Good Luck!
    417 days ago
  • PYNETREE
    Oh, so sorry for your travel delays! Wishing you smooth, safe travels on your next attempt!
    417 days ago
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