Wednesday, March 15, 2016
Sorry, no pics yet. It's 11pm and we have a 7am pick up tomorrow morning and I'm exhausted....
The day started off great. We had a looooooong 14 hr flight from Seattle to Dubai. The flight wasn't full so we were able to stretch out and sleep. Emirates is awesome by the way. I'll talk more about them later. We arrived in Dubai around 11am and our flight to Nairobi wasn't until 4:40. Evam, my cousin's husband mentioned to us that the city wasn't too far so we could go explore for a couple of hours. We hopped in a cab and we were on our way. The ride was about half an hour and 6 of us were squished in a little minivan. Of course I get carsick. If I was in that car any longer i would've hurled. So we walked around a bit and the wind blowing in my face helped. We went to their mall and I think it's the largest mall in the world. It was HA-UGE. And air conditioned. Thank god. But then I started feeling sick again. Randy was hungry so he got something to eat while the others went exploring. I just sat there miserable. I was dehydrated. I knew I didn't drink enough water on that flight. My mouth was dry and water wasn't helping. I needed Gatorade or something with electrolyes in it. Couldn't find anything.
Fast forward to the airport, nothing there either. Good thing this flight wasn't full either, it was 5 more hours to get to Nairobi. Randy moved to the center seats so he could lay out. I was sitting there miserable waiting for the plane to take off so I could finally unbuckle and laydown. Luckily I was able to fall asleep for a little bit so when I woke up I stretched out too. I woke up miserable. I bought a sprite at the airport and tried to sip it. I waved my meal away and tried to go back to sleep. I asked Randy for the Rolaids that we bought and what happened? HE FORGOT THEM. THEY WERE NO WHERE TO BE FOUND. JUST KILL ME NOW. My stomach settled enough for me to grab a cup of hot water from the flight attendant. It helped a little.
Fast forward to the Nairobi. I was finally feeling better by the time we landed, thank god cause we still had to go through immigration and I didn't want to hurl in front of all those people. Customs was a breeze so it was off to find our airport shuttle to get to our apartment. I found Safi Budget Apartments on Agoda and they offered free transportation and free breakfast. Perfect. It was cheap, we're only staying one night because the tour company is picking us up early in the morning. Hmmm...no shuttle. A really nice gentleman Julian approached me asking if I needed help. I told him we needed to contact the apartment so they could pick us up. He was on the phone for quite awhile and finally said they there was no shuttle. UM...WHAT?!?! He said he could take the 6 of us for $54 USD. Sure. Just get me the hell there. It was quite a drive, maybe half an hour, and while he was driving all I was thinking was "Is this guy scamming us?? Is he gonna take us to some dark alley and rob us??" We have no idea who he was, we just jumped in with him because he was very friendly and helpful. Luckily, he was legit and also very, very nice. We jumped into two taxis and Randy said their driver was super nice also. Phew. You don't have to come looking for us in the dumpster yet.
We finally made it to the apartments and they are extremely nice here also. I don't know what the hell the mixup was because he said normally they do pick up their customers. Now I just have to make it out of here without catching Malaria and i'll be set!
Good nite! I'm exhausted. Stay tuned...the best is yet to come!
**UPDATE: What? an update already? I just finished posting! Yes. UPDATE. Randy warned me...THIS PLACE HAS NO HOT WATER!! I'm awake now. And my blood pressure has now risen another 50 points. I was gonna wait till the morning, maybe they only have hot water during certain times? But, uh. no. I was feeling so slimy I just had to suck it up and hop in. It felt like I was showering at Kailua Beach.