Tucked In

June 6th

I’m home! Actually, tucked into bed at this very moment with my laptop, a great book, a large glass of safe, sweet tap water, and about a dozen hours of prescribed sleeping scheduled pronto. Ironic luggage update: the bags were lost for five days. We found them in a storage room at the Beira airport — meaning they may have actually been there for days but officials didn’t want us to “find” them. After long negotiations concerning their return (and my flat refusal to pay a bribe to get my own damn bags back), we were given our luggage.
The baggies were greatly received at the orphanage and I promise photos ASAP. As soon as I get back to high-speed Internet, I’ll begin downloading the 500 photos I took. The kids simply loved the gifts. It was a moment I’ll never forget. But, like the airport bribe story, this deserves far more eloquence than I have energy for at the moment.
Before I nod off, the irony in the luggage? Guess what is lost again? You guessed it. I checked my bag (now down to one) through customs this morning and sent it through to Phoenix. Alas, it was lost some where between JFK and Sky Harbor.
Two rounds of lost luggage, two bumped flights, one round of the flu and still? One of the best adventures ever. Can’t wait to share the details tomorrow, when I have a clear head. Today, I’m grateful for the opportunity of world travel and the beauty of a safe home.

Cheers,
Kelli

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36 Responses

  1. welcome home my dear! I can’t wait to see pics!

  2. Oh I’m so glad you’re home! I checked early and didn’t see anything from you so I was thrilled to see you on my blogroll tonight! Sounds like you have lots of catch up on – most importantly sleep! 🙂 Sweet dreams my friend.

  3. WELCOME HOME!! Welcome! I’m so glad to hear you’ve returned safely, albeit not w/o your share of incindents, and that you enjoyed another bold adventure. Can’t wait to hear the details. Rest up, Miss!

  4. glad your back safely. cant wait to hear the stories and see the pictures.
    it sounds like you may have flewn usairways at some point.

  5. Hip! Hip! Horray!

  6. Glad that you’re safe at home once again. Can’t wait to see pictures and hear about all your adventures.

  7. Happy to see you’re back safe and sound. And full of wonderful stories. Can’t wait to hear them and see the photos.

  8. so glad you’re home safely! i kept thinking about you all day wondering if you’d made it. can’t wait to hear about the adventure!

  9. Welcome home! Glad to see you still have such great spirits even with what you have been put through!

  10. What an adventure!!!! That’s what life is all about. I’m glad you made it home safely and gave us all a quick update. Looking forward to seeing your pictures and reading your blog.

  11. Glad you are back safe and sound – we missed you! : )
    Enjoy a good rest and we’ll look forward to hearing more.

  12. Jennifer June 6, 2007

    Ditto all of the above. Blessings on you, oh world-wanderer. 🙂 Can’t wait to see pics and read details.

  13. Welcome home.

    Can’t wait to hear more and see photos.

  14. Welcome home! can’t wait to see the pics. Get a good night sleep and yes aren’t we lucky to live in the safe homes we have 🙂

  15. Rachel June 6, 2007

    Can’t wait to hear more!
    Losing baggage sounds like a common problem!!

  16. Kathie June 6, 2007

    Oh so glad to hear you made it back safe and sound to our dusty and windy state my friend.
    Most of the trips we took as a family (My kids, hubby and I) didn’t always go so well either but we have managed to look back on the problems with love and laughter. You sound happy and I thank you, as many have for taking the time to let us all know you got home safely. Enjoy dreamland! Kathie

  17. WELCOME BACK!!! Have a well deserved rest, and then share with us all of your memeories and pics, I just can’t wait!

  18. It’s so good to know you’re back safe and sound, even though sans luggage. The stories that will come out of your adventures will no doubt entertain us.

  19. We missed you! Thanks for posting of your adventures, and welcome home.

  20. Jennifer D June 7, 2007

    Welcome home! We missed you and can’t wait for pixs and stories. I’ll have a cup of bush tea ready for when you are! So glad you’re safe and sound!

  21. sounds like a real adventure. glad you’re home safe.

  22. Glad to hear you made it home safe and sound! Can’t wait to see pictures of your trip!

  23. Welcome home welcome home welcome home welcome home welcome home welcome home welcome home welcome home! Finny has missed thee…

  24. Yay! Welcome home, glad you had such a great trip (even with the luggage adventures!)

  25. Welcome home!

  26. Welcome home, my dear. Isn’t lost luggage like jury duty? Once you’ve endured it you have a three year reprive? Hope so!

  27. you are kidding about the bags right? glad to have you home!

  28. Welcome home – looking forward to the photos and, what, more eloquence, written in verse? That’s just the jetlag talking. Welcome back!

  29. How DOES one negotiate for luggage without paying a bribe?

  30. Can’t wait to hear all about your adventure! Welcome home!

  31. I somehow made it through two years in Kenya without paying a bribe. Of course, we were robbed at knifepoint, once.

    Good for you for sticking to your guns! I hope your bag(s) find(s) you, and you recover from jet lag quickly so we can hear more from you!

    Ruth

  32. Welcome home Kelli. Can’t wait to read the full details of your stories and adventures. Catch up on your rest and the rest will follow!

  33. Glad to hear you arrived home safely. Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your travels!

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