Tuesday, February 28, 2012 7:40pm-12:40pm CST
I found out that Lori was not only not happy about telling you that she ‘threw up’ but also that she ‘tossed her cookies’. Therefore I have decided not to say anything about her ‘puke episode’. I will not say anything about her vomiting because I do not want to hurt her feelings. At any rate, she is doing well. This trip has truly been a breeze from a physical point of view and a blessing beyond words spiritually. I wanted to sleep until at least 8:30 this morning because I knew it would be a long flight with little sleep between Douala and Paris. We will land tomorrow at about 6am. Today was ‘wrap up’ day with a bunch of things to do. Jean Claude came over at 11 and went and did a couple of errands for me and then we went to have our final lunch. Yesterday Jean Claude had gotten a salad that looked really good so Richard and I got it today and it was really good. Then got a taxi back to the hotel and met Louis and Linda. I went down to my room and showered and then did a bunch of email stuff. Left for the airport a few minutes after 6 and got here with no problems. Was able to go in immediately and waited in A/C for about 30 minutes. Then checked our bags and did a few other things you have to do before you get to the gate. One of those things is to pay 10,000 ($21.28) in airport tax. I have often wondered why they don’t charge $200 because what would you say: “I won’t pay but will take up residence.” We are now inside and will board in about 2 ¾ hours. Oh, they have a bunch of electrical outlets around the gate area but none of them work. They are letting me use one that is around where the people who check you in work but no one is here yet. Lori is a walking grocery store. The girl eats day and night but must have some great metabolism. If I ate like her I would look like Richard! The difference between her and Teresa Blaisdell is that it is evident that Teresa eats a bunch! Oh, have I ever told you what a kind and sweet girl Teresa is?
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:40am-3:40am CST
Flight was smooth and the plane food was great so the status quo held up. Unfortunately for me, Richard and Lori like plane food so they don’t share the way Linda does. I read on the plane and think that I got about 3 hours of sleep. We landed right at 6 but it was 8:30 before we got to our hotel room. After we deplaned we had to clear customs and there was a loooooooonnnnnnnngggg and slow moving line. Our bags were ready by the time we got to them and nothing was lost or damaged. It was then an adventure to try and find the hotel shuttle. Ultimately we took a train to the train station where the shuttles come. Had to wait a while but finally the van came. The back door did not work so the guy had to move a passenger to load our luggage. Reminded me a lot of Douala! I have discovered that Lori is somewhat of a smart aleck; OK more than somewhat! She told me that I needed to contact the reception because there was a strange thing in her bathroom; a toilet seat! It is quite an adjustment, for example, you do not need to carry a water bottle with you when you brush your teeth to rinse with. We are fixin to go downtown and look at some sights and eat. Will write more later.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:30pm-3:30pm CST
The plan was to be in bed by 7 or at least 8 but the plan has been changed to 11. I will tell you why in a few more lines. We left the hotel a little after 11 and took the hotel shuttle to the train station. We then had a nice adventure but trying to buy train tickets through a machine but Richard was finally able to get the job done. Train ride to downtown is about 30 minutes with approximately 15 stops. We ate first as Lori was ‘starving to death’. Lori is always ‘starving to death’! Walked for quite a while and went in to a place and had a nice lunch. Then we went and got a pastry (Richard and Lori forced me to eat) and then went to see Notre Dame. An impressive cathedral to say the least. Oh, the picture of Richard and Lori below is in front of some river. We then went and got another pastry (Lori’s idea) and had some Haagen-Dazs (you can guess whose idea that was as well). Then walked around the town for some time and then got on the train to come back to the hotel. We were all exhausted and ready to get to bed early. Well, when I got off the train I realized that my wallet was missing. Don’t know exactly where or when but someone picked my wallet. As always, the greatest concern was not money but credit cards, driver’s license, etc. Linda and I have Lifelock and I am sooooooooooo glad that we do. I called them and they called each of the credit card companies and several others and took care of everything. They checked and no one had charged anything on my cards and I had them canceled and new ones ordered. My Pacemaker ID that I have to show at the airport was also in my wallet but the Pacemaker company faxed a copy of the ID so I will have it tomorrow. It was more aggravating than anything. I have been to Ghana and Cameroon over 60 times and into Europe for the same number of times and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened to me or anyone else with me. I will simply be more careful in the future. Lifelock suggested that it would be a good idea to get a police report so we went down to the airport where there was supposed to be a police station. Well, I don’t have enough time to tell you where all we went but we finally found the police and I did make the report. From the time we left the hotel till the time we got back it was about 3 hours! Will write my final howdy on the plane tomorrow. Thanks for your prayers as the Lord is continuing to bless us.