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Jambo Kenya/Tanzania

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Hello everyone! First of all I want to say thanks to everyone who helped up plan and execute our amazing trip to East Africa. We have now been home for a month and are still sorting through tons of pictures.
So who are we? There were five of us that went to Kenya and Tanzania. Me (Aaron) my best friend and travel buddy Tricia, her mom and two other friends Angel and Brian.
The four of us are all 29 years old, Tricia's mom slightly older, and are from California with Brian being from Colorado.
We all love to travel and Tricia and I had been talking about Africa for some time.
So after nine months of planning, scouring message boards, double checking, constant calls back and fourth... we finally got everything nailed down and had the best time in Africa.
I live in Bakersfield, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Trica lives near Sonoma, Angel and Tricia's mom live in LA and Brian works in London. So quite complicated to get everyone organized for this amazing trip. Tricia and I did all the planning, the others just sent money when we requested... what good friends!
I cashed in 150,000 American Airline miles for Tricia and myself, the others paid their way.
Sept. 23rd: This was the day we had been planning for for nine months! I woke up around 3 a.m. and drove down to Valencia. I picked up Tricia's mom there and continued on to LAX.
Tricia flew in from Oakland the night before and Angel picked her up.
The four of us met at American Airlines' terminal around 5:30 a.m. for our 7:30 a.m. flight to JFK. Being a platinum member, we all used the first class check-in lines, which saved a lot of time.
We got all our boarding passes all the way to Nairobi, except Angel and Tricia's mom who were told to check in for the Nairobi flight in London.
We proceeded to the gates and got a quick coffee and danish before waiting for the flights to be called.
Tricia, Angel and I would fly to JFK then Heathrow, while Tricia's mom would fly to BOS then to LHR. We would meet her in London and Brian would meet us in NBO.
The BOS flight left first and we followed about five minutes later.
An uneventful five hours later and we arrived, a little tired, but very excited into New York!
We got off the plane, Angel bought some sunglasses for $10 and we proceeded to our next gate.
Boarding was smooth and we high-fived each other as they closed the door and the last passenger stowed their luggage.
But then... trouble!
The pilot comes on the PA system and says there is a slight problem with the cargo door. The indicator light is on saying it is not closed, but they know it is closed.
So about 10 minutes later, all is fixed and we push back on our way to London!
We make it to the runway when we stop. No big deal, it's New york on a Saturday evening... there are lots of flights going all over the world. Well, five minutes turns into ten, then 15. Then the little ding comes through the cabin and next thing we hear is the captain's voice again.
This time the problem is much worse... he can't get the right engine to work! Tricia and I look at each other with a look of shock and then she whispers... "did you pack a screwdriver, nothing is going to keep us from getting to Kenya!"
The pilot says he will keep us informed. Well 30 minutes, turns into one hour, then two hours then two and a half hours. We only had a three hour lay-over so we are getting pretty nervous by this time.
Couple that with the fact that an annoying man behind us kept calling everyone he knows to tell them that he is stuck on the flight and will miss his connection to Toulouse, France. And once he got through calling all 150 people, he started over to inform them that he was still stuck. Annoying to say the least!
Well we get towed back to the gate, Tricia and I with heavy hearts, knowing what's going to happen next. But to the delight of our ears.. the pilot says the plane is fixed and we head back to the runway.
Tricia and I chant faster, faster and next thing we know we are airborne heading to England.
We arrive in London two and a half hours late. We hop on the transfer bus to the Ba terminal and then get stuck in a huge security line. We are still in line when they start boarding our flight. We finally get through security and Angel still has to check in for the flight. She gets her boarding pass and we all run as fast as possible to the gate, which is of course the last one. We hand over our tickets and there is a problem. The agent in LA did something wrong to the tickets. Will we ever make it to Kenya?
The BA agent gets on the phone, cursing American the whole time. 15 minutes later, the tickets are fixed and we board the plane, the last ones aboard!
An uneventful nine hours later we arrive in Kenya!! Hoorah!!!

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