10 days to Cyn's great adventure

Jan 26th, 2006, 08:00 AM
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Hi Cyn,
Sounds like you've got it together. Seems like all the other trips we've taken we self planned and then just pack and go. I as well, am a detailing machine on this trip.

I don't mind at all answering your question - sorry to bore anyone though, it's colon Ca. and the surgery was a colon dissection. I also have crohns and am getting over pnuemonia. No worries though, I am up and running, put back together and totally have the ok from my experts with the go ahead to Africa .
I have to say that the fodor's site was the best medicine for me as I was recovering and suffering from boredom.
Best to you on your adventure;
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Jan 26th, 2006, 08:43 AM
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Your trip will be even better medicine--soul refreshing! Take care and enjoy.

And cynstalker, the waiting is at this point the hardest part.

Safari njema.
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Jan 26th, 2006, 09:42 AM
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Your departure is getting closer and closer and closer! I'm really excited for you and it looks like you've taken care of all the details.

Have an excellent adventure and come back with a great trip report!

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Jan 28th, 2006, 12:18 PM
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Glad to hear that you are well on the road to recovery. I know Crohns is tough enough to deal with - then to add the big C on top of that is really tough. I would imagine it changes your perspective on a lot of things. You will be in my thoughts, and I'll look forward to hearing about your journey when we all get back.


Believe it or not, at this point time is moving a little too fast for comfort. I still have soooo much to do...and yet here I am...catching up on trip reports.....

Thank you for your kind thoughts and for reviewing my list.

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Jan 29th, 2006, 10:50 AM
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Thanks to Cynstalker and all the other fodorites who added to this thread - I'm starting to get a handle on things needed for our trip in May/June. Really looking forward to the trip reports from all of you! By the way, what does "Safari Njema" mean?
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Jan 29th, 2006, 12:05 PM
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have a good trip--literally, have a safe trip
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Jan 29th, 2006, 06:36 PM
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Bat, thanks for the info. Is this my first Swahili word or what language is "safari njema"?
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hello stamiya:
yes, swahili. Here are 3 more words: jambo (hello), asante (thank you) and karibu (welcome, you're welcome).
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Jan 29th, 2006, 07:11 PM
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Safari Njema! (I, too, must brush up on my Swahili, as I am just a tad over three weeks for my own departure!)

I had to look up your itinerary, but it looks fabulous. You certainly have allowed a generous amount of time for your safari, which is great.

I am really looking forward with great anticipation to your trip report, although it will obviously occur after my own trip. There is not a place that you are visiting that does not interest me and I am especially looking forward to reading about Mahale, and hopefully seeing some photos from Mahale.

Have a wonderful time!!!

(reading through your threads has finally taught me, also, how to do the big toothy grin!)
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Jan 30th, 2006, 07:25 PM
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Karibu, bat, for the language tips!
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Jan 31st, 2006, 05:21 PM
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I will try to remember it read this upon return to see how much was really necessary, and how much was just my "worry-gene" and report on it.

Thanks for your good wishes, and I wish you a wonderful trip as well! We'll miss each other at the crater by a couple of weeks, I think.

Yes, I hope we have allowed ample time - we've been waiting to do this for a number of years (we were going to do it in early 2002, and then the world changed...), and I don't do time- change/jet lag well, so when we go a great distance, we take plenty of time to acclimate.
It will be interesting for all of us leaving in Feb to compare notes when we return!

I'm thinking I don't need to return to work now,so that's a big relief - and hubby actually started packing some of his things all by himself (of course, I was required to stand there and answer questions - as if I don't have 2 zillion other things to do...like check for trip reports ) so I think we're going to make it. Does anyone know a website that has an accurate map of JFK? The port authority site does not have concourse C in terminal 9, although American Airlines insists that's where we'll be flying in to from Boston. I've been trying to get them to just switch us to a flight from Bos to LHR, but they insist that because we already have 1 open jaw, we can't have another. There's 15 business-class seats available on the flight I'm looking at, but they just don't care. Flying miles is great and awful all at once!


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Feb 1st, 2006, 08:36 AM
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Cyn -

I'm no expert when it comes to JFK, I remember when we used to use the road in the airport for drag racing. Ooooops, gave away the age.

Regardless, the airport has expanded so, it's no wonder the PA doesn't have a correct map. My assumption, having been at the American terminal just last month... they have a new terminal right next to their orignal mosaic front terminal. This may be Term 9 - big, high ceilings and "cold" in feel. Poor use of space, but what do I know?

Question? How long is your layover between arrival and outbound Intl flight? Also on American? If so, you may be departing from the same terminal or the one next door. These are easily navigated and we noticed reps at all deplaning jetways directing passengers for their ongoing flights.
Feb 1st, 2006, 10:10 AM
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We have 1.5 hours between flights, both American, and we will be leaving from terminal 8, which is right next door. I was able to get a current map - someone on the fodor's airlines topic had the american airline line link(although when I had tried on their website it sent me to the PA's site...). At any rate, should be no problem to get to next terminal, although I would still love to bypass JFK althogether at this point.

We leave day-after-tomorrow!

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Feb 1st, 2006, 10:22 AM
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There's just so much good information on Fodor's.

Temps in NY should be mild, almost the 50s, but they do expect light rain. This shouldn't be a concern. Besides if all your connections are under a single ticket locator number, your ongoing flight will know that you'll be arriving. It'll be fine.

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