It occurred to me yesterday that I was effectively on a local train to East Africa. Leaving Boston the immediate next stop was Frankfurt, this is normal for those of us that use Star Alliance; Frankfurt and Munich are usually first stops on the way to somewhere else. This is when I got on a train and the Next Stop was Sudan, KRT. On the way over Europe and into Africa I read the International Tribune, there was a huge section on the Arab Spring and was it going to hit the Sudan and how there were riots in the previous days – with a big spread with burning tires and more. So Sudan was the first stop on my local train and it was uneventful. You would think that the next stop after getting some gas would be Kilimanjaro, but no that would be too simple.
The next stop was Ethiopia, (ADD)! OK, considering the small size of Kilimanjaro (JRO) a move to a smaller plane would be a good idea, so it was time to get on a 727 versus the 747 and now I would be on a new local train for a couple stops. So now I was on a smaller plane that could easily land at JRO but there was no way to go there first, of course, the next stop on the train was Mombasa, Kenya! Now, if we are counting Countries; USA, Germany, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya – and not yet Tanzania.
I was also starting to understand these stops, at every stop about half of the passengers got off and then the plane filled up with new passengers, well this was true everywhere but Sudan (KRT) where we seemed to get gas and run. So at Mombasa half of the plane got off and then it refilled for the final 30-minute or so flight to Kilimanjaro. I guess it is good business. Side Note: If I added another stop in the beginning – I could have done a MHT-JFK-ADD-MOI-JRO and did an extra airport stateside and missed the Sudan, which held a fun 30 minutes of people watching!
So, my trip that started at 4:35pm in Boston ended at 3:30am in Kilimanjaro, technically +2 days. And now I sit in the Kia lodge with an extra day to recover from bad airplane food and long layovers and frustration. I have also went through what I packed and have come to the conclusion that I forgot many things and brought things I did not need, this is par for the course!