This morning we take off for a three-week trip to the Western Hemisphere. First, we’re going to the Caribbean Island of Dominica in the West Indies to visit our oldest, who’s doing his clinicals for medical school in the capital Roseau.
This is a most-misleading photo as almost all of the photos he posts on facebook are of him scuba diving, ocean kayaking, canyoning or jumping off tall cliffs into the ocean. We wanted some of that action so we’re looking forward to him showing us some good adventures.
Then, I go up to Michigan while Thom does the food security lecture circuit, first in Washington, D.C., then in Stanford, with a short trip squeezed in to visit his parents in Oregon.
When he’s done being in the limelight I’ll pick him up from the Flint airport (yes Flint!) and we’re driving straight up to Glen Arbor to spend a long weekend enjoying good food and wine, hiking and biking.
Then, it’s a week of shopping for me and student defenses and faculty meetings for Thom. I’m sure that before we know it we’ll be back on that plane coming home to Africa.
We’re flying Ethiopia Airlines which is an excellent airline. I have to admit that I’m kind of glad we’re flying an African airline because with Osama being killed and Libya being bombed, I’d be a little nervous about flying an American or British airline. But, as they say, it’s not the flying that’s dangerous, it’s the take offs and landings. 🙂
p.s. I wrote this yesterday but couldn’t get an internet connection in Addis Ababa. So, we’ve made it to Dulles! (and Ethiopian Airlines is great…true reclining seats…more later on that) In less than an hour we’ll be on the way to Miami and then on to San Juan. Thom’s 3/18ths of the way done with all of his flight legs and I’m 3/14th done.