I had less than a week before I left when I bought my ticket to Cape Town, South Africa. I was so excited that a one way ticket was only $670 that I didn't do my usual due diligence about looking at the flight segments.
I was annoyed to realize that the first leg was a pretty much unnecessary overnight flight to Dulles. I was at Dulles in the early morning, meaning neither Max nor Jen could come and see me. And on the flight itself there was a medical emergency, which meant there was a lot of commotion and I didn't get any sleep at all.
Before I could get on the flight, the United gate agent needed to see that I had purchased a ticket back home, which I had to do on the spot. I chose April 26, 2018 from Cape Town to Dulles. That way I can stop and see Max, Jen and go help Charlotte in Pittsburgh.
So next was the flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Many people on the flight were dressed in colorful and exotic clothing. The man who shared my row was wearing an outfit that was pants and a tunic of what I finally decided was fine, black leather. It was shiny. The elderly man behind me was revered like royalty and was dressed in black robes, had a very unusual satin hat or crown and had a jeweled scepter.
I arrived in Ethiopia on my 54th birthday. The airport at Addis itself was fine. I never left the terminal I entered into. The view outside was hazy. There were people of every color and dress. It was very interesting.
The flight to Cape Town was long but I slept and studied and I got my first views of Africa from my window seat.