Cancelled flight and tequila shots
We're going on a Safari!!!! A real A-freakin-frican Safari!!!!! A 9 day private safari in Tanzania, just the 2 of us and a guide!!! Please forgive all those "!!!!" It's just that in my head, I'm not just telling you this, I'm screaming, giggling and jumping up and down with excitement. David has been talking about a safari for the 12 years we've been together. After all those amazing beach vacation to French Polynesia, the Maldives, Los Roques and Turks and Caicos, we decided it was time for a bigger than big adventure in the wild instead of a relaxing time roasting under the sun.
We were booked from Boston to Istanbul (Turkey), to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), to Kilamandjaro (Tanzania), leaving on Sunday night the 22nd and arriving on the 24th - yeah.. the travel time is a little intense. As David went to verify our seats on Friday, he saw that our flight from Boston to Istanbul was cancelled. CANCELLED!!!! An hour of panic later, we took those lemons life hit us in the head with and bit into them after a tequila shot: Helloooo extra vacation day!! We re-booked a flight to Istanbul for Saturday instead and now have a full day in Turkey! One more Country to slap a pin on to our world map!
Our flight to Istanbul was perrrty great. 9 hours and 40 minutes in our... Ah-hem... First class seats (thank you united mileage plus loyalty program!!) with a 4 course dinner served to us at 1 am, a cozy lay-flat seat for quality shut eye and a 2 course breakfast served in "bed" before landing. These 2 travelers could get used to that kind of luxury!
It's funny how you have an image of what a foreign city will look like and when you get there, you realize that big cities are all similar. Concrete, tall buildings and big highways. Once you start venturing further from the airport, that's where you see more of the Turkish character. Mosques everywhere and apartments one on top of another, all beige, clay and mustard colors, with laundry air drying on clothes lines off their decks. Now we're checked in at our hotel, it's about 11:20am Boston/Quebec time but 6:20pm in Turkey. We'll stay around the hotel for the night to be well rested for an early rise to go explore around 7am tomorrow, which means it will be midnight to our Canadian brain. Yikes!!