2:00pm We were pleasantly surprised with light traffic the whole way to the airport. We checked in early for our flight which was a good thing because it took us about an hour to get completely checked in. One of our bags was overweight, and one of our carry-ons had too much in it. The check-in agent worked with us to redistribute weight into some of our other bags.
3:30pm Our last meal in the US. Jeff got McDonalds. There isn’t one in Nairobi. I had a personal-sized pizza.
5:45pm Boarding the plane for our first flight to London, England.
6:30pm Our flight leaves JFK
8:15pm Each seat on the plane has a personal video screen. In addition to a selection of movies and television, we can view a map of our progress. We’ve now flown out of view of the US.
1:00am (EDT)/6:00am (London Time) We enter Heathrow Airport in London, England. We’d read about a hotel in one of the terminals for which you could stay in during a layover, so we thought we’d see if we could check in for a couple of hours to get cleaned up. We’d arrived at terminal 5 and the hotel was in terminal 4. It didn’t seem like it would be far, however, to get to terminal 4 we had to ride a bus. Twenty minutes later…we arrived at terminal 4, only to find out that we’d have to exit the terminal to go to the hotel. We decided to head back to terminal 5 where our next flight would be leaving.
2:30am (EDT)/7:30am (London Time) We finally make it into the waiting lounge in terminal 5 after waiting in several lines and going through another security check. The terminal is like a shopping mall. We eventually made it past the stores to the seats.
3:00am (EDT)/8:00am (London Time) We’ve cleaned up a bit. I can’t find any free internet.
3:45am (EDT)/8:45am (London Time) I finally decide to pay for an hour of internet.
4:00am (EDT)/9:00am (London Time) Our departure gate is announced. We head down to the gate. I’ve only had a few minutes to post some stuff on-line.
4:15am/9:15am (London Time) The bus arrives to take us to our next plane.
5:30am (EDT)/10:30am (London Time) We depart for Kenya
12:00pm (EDT)/8:00pm (Nairobi Time) The map shows us flying over the Nile River.
12:30pm (EDT)/8:30pm (Nairobi Time) We cross over the equator. We’re now in the southern hemisphere
1:30pm (EDT)/9:30pm (Nairobi Time) We land in Nairobi.
1:45pm (EDT)/9:45pm (Nairobi Time) We go through immigration, and head downstairs to baggage claim and customs.
2:00pm (EDT)/10:00pm (Nairobi Time) We have all of our bags on three carts. Everything came through without damage.
2:05pm (EDT)/10:05pm (Nairobi Time) We are waved through customs without any baggage search. We see a sign for the “Puebels” and meet our driver. He tells us that we made it through immigration and customs much faster than he expected.
2:15pm (EDT)/10:15pm (Nairobi Time) Several people in the parking lot decide to “help” us with our baggage.
2:30pm (EDT)/10:30pm (Nairobi Time) We leave the airport. The road we’re on initially passes next to the Nairobi Game Park. We see a few Zebras on the other side of the fence.
3:00pm (EDT)/11:00pm (Nairobi Time) We arrive at the guest house where we will be staying for about a week.
3:30pm (EDT)/11:30pm (Nairobi Time) We clean up, and get into bed. We pray together thanking God for getting us and our belongings to Nairobi.