Beginning with my first day of travel, I will create my blogs. I discuss everything I did during that day, including how I felt. Except for crossing over into Canada on a few occasions, this will be my first International Journey. I feel excited and apprehensive at the same time.
Today is the first day of my trip. I will fly from Myrtle Beach to Atlanta. I’ll have a two-hour layover, plenty of time to transfer from the Domestic Terminal to the International Terminal, which I understand is a new terminal. I used to travel to Atlanta all the time so the airport won’t be foreign to me.
I spent my time on Friday packing and doing last minute things. I had to run down to Best Buy to pick up what’s called a Travel Converter and Adapter. Our country is the only country with what we call the standard 120-volt electrical inputs/outlets. Rwanda uses 220 to 240-volt electrical inputs, which require an adapter for everything that plugs in. I thought that was the case, but confirmed it was yesterday when I called Geek Squad to have them look over my computer so that I am ready for travel. I have a yearly contract with them which means that, for any problem, I can call them from home and have them remotely work on my computer. I love Geek Squad. They’re extremely friendly, humble and very professional and knowledgeable. During the last five years, I’ve never had a bad or questionable experience.
I admit I am a novice at traveling outside the country, let alone traveling the world. I’ve driven across the Canadian border several times, but that’s it. I have no idea what to expect. That was evident two weeks ago when I went to my primary care doctor to discuss results from my yearly physical.
As we talked, I told her I was traveling to Africa. She asked, “Have you had all your vaccinations?” I looked at her with a blank look, shrugged my shoulders and said as if asking a question, “No-o?” She smiled, left the room and came back with a binder. (Not the Romney binders!) We sat side by side as she looked up Rwanda. I left with prescriptions for malaria, typhoid and in the event I get a case of the trots. Of course, Humana, my Medicare Advantage Insurance plan doesn’t cover malaria or typhoid medications.
I knew I needed the malaria pills since Edwin made a point of telling me I needed to bring mosquito spray for part of my trip. When I learned what the typhoid cost, I wondered if I needed it, so I looked up how one gets typhoid. Once I found out, I thought, I sure don’t want to become known as the modern-day Typhoid Mary! I picked it up today. I’m just happy I had to go to the doctor because I would have traveled never thinking about vaccinations. LOL
Once I arrive in Atlanta, I have a two-hour layover. I have a concern. The international leg of my trip was made separate from my domestic leg. Having confronted this situation in the past, I worried that I would have to rush down to baggage claim to pick up my luggage and recheck them with Turkish Airlines. So, one day last week, I went to the Myrtle Beach airport to talk to one of the Delta agents. She assured me that, when I check in here, I should discuss my international tickets with the agent. He or she will be able to marry the two legs, so I don’t have to worry. My two bags will be taken over to the Turkish flight.
Although I didn’t worry about picking up and re-checking my bags on my trip to Africa, I have less than an hour layover in Atlanta when I return. What to do?
Keep your fingers crossed for me that this goes off without a hitch. I’m packing a few things in my backpack in the event I have to wait for my bags. Yikes…I hope, hope, hope I don’t!
Today (Sunday) will be a long day. My flight from Atlanta to Istanbul is an eleven-hour flight. I have a three-and-one-half hour layover before transferring to the third leg of my trip from Istanbul to Kigali, Rwanda. I arrive in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda at 1:25 a.m. Long day! I’m sure I’ll be pooped when I get there.
Talk to you all tomorrow. In the meantime:
ijoro ryiza, muramuke, Bonne Nuit, good night!
SUNDAY, FEB. 11, 2018