So tonight at 10:10 pm I depart from the motherland via JFK airport. I actually got to New York yesterday so I could have sweet hangout time with Anna, Kevin (my TZ buddy) and Lisa; I’m actually at Lisa’s sweet apartment in the East Villageish right now. I visited Anna’s world at Tisch Dance where we did some faux-yoga and I stored my luggage in the dressing room, then did a little cheap-o shopping in Soho before meeting up with Kevin, Christine (another buddy from TZ) and Lisa for drinks (at Fish Bar: nice and dark with merpeople on bathroom doors) and dinner (at Mary Ann’s, a hopping Mexican restaurant with totally reasonable prices).
Then Lisa and I walked to her apartment, where she’s renting a room for a nice British lady, and I spent my last night in America watching “House” and a documentary about child molestation by priests in the Toledo diocese because in addition to my talents at being robbed in Tanzania, I excel at mishandling the sadness grenade that is digital cable.
Maybe it’s just because I am internally overwhelmed with plenty of pre-voyage anxiety, excitement, mental list-making–but I am much less externally overwhelmed by New York than I have been in the past. I wonder if that will be true when I get to Dar.
Less musing, more itinerary-ating:
June 1: Depart JFK
June 2: Sweet all-day layover in Amsterdam
June 3: Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, at sunrise. Catch plane to ZANZIBAR at noon.
June 4: Arrive by ferry in Dar Es Salaam; purchase phone and call friendis.
June 7: Fly from Dar back to Nairobi. Meet up with Amy and Joel (2 UF grad students who will be at the research station) to fly to Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
June 8: Kampala, Uganda.
June 9: DRIVE TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK!
August 9: Fly from Kampala to Amsterdam.
August 13: Fly from Amsterdam to New York….that’s right, 4 days in Amsterdam. By myself. I don’t know what I was thinking really because I am not good protracted alone-time, except that it was only $100 to stopover and I’ve always wanted to see this city and I’m always deciding that it would be “good for me” to have more alone-time.
Yep, that’s the plan! And during the 2 months in southwestern Uganda, Amy and I are planning to go on at least a few camping trips (Queen Elizabeth!), which I am SO looking forward to. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to indulge in my #1 hobby of eavesdropping/people-watching, but there will be all kinds of monkeys, which are far more interesting than squirrels, and monkey-studying scientists, whom I hear are pretty weird, to observe.
So if anyone has suggestions for things to do in Amsterdam or wants to give me their address to send them a postcard or wants to give me some love, you should leave me comments here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!