Embarking On Our Journey to Kenya

Traveling abroad with a child is always an adventure in itself. This time we left late at night, planning our flight time around Najwa’s sleep time. We flew Turkish Airlines and though there were some flight attendants who seemed a bit rude, we were pleasantly surprised by the service. Turkish Airlines gives out goodies and offers many meals and snacks during the flight.

The flags at Dulles International Airport were at half-mast observing the tragedy in Connecticut where 20 children were killed among 28 deaths in a shooting at an elementary school. It reminds you how precious life is and how fortunate we are to be able to travel and visit family.

Flag at half-staff

The airport was relatively empty; it helps to leave close to midnight. It’s the holiday season, but we’re about a week before the chaos hits the airport.

Korean Flag hanging at Dulles Airport

Christmas Tree at Dulles Airport

Hanging in Dulles was the Daedalus, a human-powered aircraft that set the world record for long-distance, human-powered flight in 1988. Students from MIT developed the aircraft that flew close to four hours and traveled 71 miles.

About Daedalus

The Daedalus

The distance we traveled from the capital of the United States of America to the capital of Kenya is 7,545 miles though.

Before boarding we grabbed a bite at Harry’s. I’ve been warned that the food in Kenya is different from the food here. This may be the last normal meal I have for a couple of weeks, though I’m looking forward to some nyama choma and ugali.

Nduku Malombe

David and Najwa Gaines

Nduku making last minute calls before we head to Kenya

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