A couple of hours ago, I stepped out of a plane and into a warm world with a bright blue sky--summer in Namibia. Glorious. It was a long trip, as usual, but with some movies, a few meals, and a wonder pill called Ambien, it goes fairly fast.
When I arrived in Jo-berg, I noticed that we were about 20 minutes late. I tore through the airport, but that still took almost 45 minutes. Long hallways, even longer lines, miles of stores--and finally I got to my gate with just enough time to spare to sit on the bus for 2 minutes before it took me out to my plane.
And of course you travelers out there no what that means. BAGS.
Yes, when I got to Windhoek, made it through the long immigration lines, and moved to the baggage pickup room, there were no bags for Barb. Since I lost BOTH of them (I have a backpack) it has to be that they didn't make it between planes in Johannesberg. More long lines filling out lost luggage forms. But hey--this isn't my first time to the amusement park. I can't even remember all the times I have lost luggage, so I took it all in stride, took inventory of what I had (very little), and made do. They'll find those bags, and probably have to drive all the way out to Harnas with them in a day or two--about 3 1/2 hours from the airport--but I assume I'll get my stuff back eventually.
The guy next to me in line wasn't so philosophical. It was either his first time ever losing luggage or he was smuggling something in to the country that he was afraid someone would find, but he was practically crying, screaming, and swearing all at the same time. I wanted to give him some valium and say "chill" but he probably would have hit me.
The transport driver waited all throughout this mess and drove me to my guesthouse--Uzuri Guesthouse, if any of you want to look it up (since I don't know where my camera is right now and I can't post a picture). He's studying wildlife conservation and during the drive to town we bonded over our mutual love of cheetahs.
This afternoon I'm going to walk into town and pick up a couple of t-shirts since I've been wearing these clothes for a loooong while now, and I'm not sure when I'll get my others. My safari pants have zip-off legs, though, so I have an automatic pair of shorts. No sandals, though--just my boots for now.
So I'm here--sort of. I have my computer--obviously--but I don't have my plug adapter, so once the power goes, I'm done. But all will work out, I'm sure of it. Meanwhile, I'm just glad to be here, basking in summer sun and heat and looking forward to seeing my animal friends tomorrow.
Cheers to all--especially those who aren't feeling so well these days. I'm thinking of you. --bb