2. Wait at Jo-burg for the 9 p.m. non-stop flight to New York. Meet a brother who was has been one of the volunteers for the past three weeks helping visiting delegates at the airport - very sweet. All the volunteers have done such wonderful jobs - they took such good care of us! So loving!
Then eat - shop - walk - walk some more - wait forever for our gate assignment to be posted - go through security - find office to get sales tax refund - walk some more. Finally go to our gate and get a surprise. Due to the travel warnings from the US State Dept (which we had totally forgotten about), we all had to be patted down before we could get into the waiting area to board our flight plus a passport check and carry-on search - all this AFTER already going through security. All this time in S. Africa & I didn't have to take off my shoes at a security check point or get a pat down like a criminal. Apparently this was being required for all international flights going to the U.S. The TSA is like VISA - everywhere you want to be.
3. Fly 15 hours over the Atlantic (see my earlier post from Aug. 13th "BIG Travel Day" about the flight to Africa & repeat here). I don't want to talk about it again. Seriously.
4. Get to JFK on Wednesday at 6 a.m. (EST). Get through massive lines in passport control and security. Claim bags (now required - they won't check through for an international to domestic flight). Recheck bags for domestic flight. Thankful for very helpful Delta airline employee. Find our gate. Get food. This takes 3 1/2 hours at a slow pace because I don't have enough energy for my usual New York walk. And we still have 3 hrs to kill. Why??? Because we got a good deal & an upgrade on the later flight and several months ago that seemed important. It doesn't seem so important now. So here we sit & walk & sit. Thank goodness for wifi. [Note: prices in the airport shops in S. Africa are much less expensive than in NYC!! Good grief!]
5. We fly to Salt Lake & then on to Reno & finally the drive home. (Thank you, Billy, for picking us up at 11 p.m. (PST). It was so nice to see a friendly face!!) Two full travel days including many hours in airports.We gained 9 hours due to the time changes but used them all up waiting in airports. I really dislike airports! Yep. But we can usually find a quiet corner all to ourselves with wifi & enjoy people watching.
6. Would we do this again if given the chance? Yes!! We're just crazy like that.
[No pictures posted. For very good reason. :-p ]