As good a planner as I am, I somehow failed to calculate in the odds of the Yjafjallajokull volcano erupting and causing a massive disruption to global travel when booking my flights several weeks ago… silly me. So now instead of flying in comfy business class from Seattle to Cairo via Frankfurt before heading to Nairobi, I have the following itinerary (all coach):
5:15 am – 8:03 am; Seattle – Phoenix (2.8 hour flight)
8:50 am – 4:59 pm; Phoenix – JFK (5.15 hour flight)
6:30 pm – 11:15 am; JFK – Cairo (10.75 hour flight)
9:45 pm – 3:45 am; Cairo – Nairobi (5 hour flight)
After 23.7 hours of actual flight time, it’s only an 8 hour bus ride or 1 hour plane ride from Nairobi to Kitale, where I’ll take a short bus ride to Kiminini.
I’m still extremely excited about this trip, but now I’m really looking forward to day 3! Stupid volcano.