Perhaps some of you may be wondering why there has not been a new posting on this blog in several weeks. I have just returned from a trip that took me from Toledo, to Frankfurt, to Addis Ababa, to Juba, and from there out into the bush of Eastern Equatorial Province. I am exhausted, but I did learn some things.
1. Do not believe the clerk at the check-in desk when they tell you that, although your first flight is delayed, and you will miss your connection, you can get another flight on the same airline 12 hours later. That might be true going some places, but not when going to Ethiopia.
2. It is amazing the way some people bounce back from twenty years of war. South Sudan may be the first place I have visited in Africa where I was not confronted with serious cases of malnutrition. There is a lot of poverty, no doubt, but I have seen worse conditions in places that were considerably more peaceful.
3. When the sign says, "Land mine removal in progress," stop the car, and do not wander too far from it.
4. The one who pays the fiddler will continue to call the tune.
5. If you have a lot of extra luggage, agree to be "bumped" to the next flight. Ask that your luggage be taken as your compensation. I saved $440 that way.