Hiya! Surprise surprise! we are in the motherland Africa!! Hubby and I landed yesterday after a flurry of activities trying to get everything wrapped up before the trip.It’s been a busy year for us but we’ve known all along that we’d close 2018 inKenya for the Christmas holidays and year-end festivities.
We flew KenyaAirways direct flight from JFK to NBO, and what a treat that was! Until now, we’ve always had to connect through Europe and that was such a downer as it made the journey unnecessarily longer. For someone like me who lived in Europe before and could just hope on a plane to be home 11 hours later, getting therefrom the US has been a challenge as it’s twice as long.
In the past, we’ve made a habit of stopping in London, Mr. Grey’s home, then carrying on to Kenya after spending a few days with our London family. So far, it’s been a perfect arrangement. This year though, Kenya introduced a direct flight from New York to Nairobi and back; October 29th 2018 saw KQ take it’ first maiden trip between the two continents. Kenya had sought this permit for a decade, and after an airport rebuild and upgrade at JKIA, we qualified for the route and the permit was granted.
I initially thought passengers on the trips would generally be Kenyans or East Africans, but that wasn’t the case at all. Much to my surprise, we had passengers from all over the African continent. Countries such as Nigeria, Congo, South Africa, etc, were all represented. As a matter of fact, we had the honour and privilege of sitting next to former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe and his lovely wife. I feel so proud to see Kenya become a hub for Africa. As the KQ slogan says, we are connecting Kenya to the world and the world to Kenya. Najivunia kuwa mKenya.
The trip was lovely and as is customary for people in my line of work, I brought Belgian chocolate with me on the place for my fellow cabin crew members. We were lucky enough to travel first class. We’d barely slept the night before so it was a blessing a to be able to get proper beds inflight and fully stretch out our tired limbs. Several naps and many meals 14 hours later, we landed in the motherland. The touchdown was as effortless as the takeoff had been -it was after all a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Well, we’re here now and it’s finally time to chill after a fruitfully busy year at work. My sister Clem and her family arrived a day before us and now we’re all holed up at our hotel here in Nairobi. I slept most of yesterday but we have a bit of exploring to do today. We best get on with it!! Have a lovely day and thanks for reading and following along on our adventures!! . Cheers, Grey ღ