The lights of Addis twinkled in the 4 AM darkness and we took our last looks out over the city. When we arrived, the airport was just starting to wake up as well, with only a few people in line ready to check in their bags for early flights. We got in without incident, then when we went to exchange our local money (Birr) to U.S. Dollars, we learned there’s a limit to how much one person can exchange. God was watching over us even in this matter as, we both individually went through the exchange process. As we headed for our gate, only a few single Birr were left in our pockets, less than $1 in value.
It took a good part of the 2-hour layover in London just to walk through the maze of the airport, even though it’s well marked. When we got on our plane for Washington, DC, we found that we (so fortunately!) were assigned 2 seats on one side, rather than seats in the 5-seat-wide center section. We watched “Slumdog Millionaire” and napped, also being served a full dinner, regular offerings of water, and a sandwich snack about 90 minutes before we arrived in DC. Dulles International Airport also includes a circuitous route to get through customs, retrieve our luggage (except one trunk that was delayed and we think they knew about it in London; oh, well...), and check in again for our flight to St. Louis. The layover in DC was only a couple of hours but it seemed like forever. After another two and a half hour flight, we were landing in St. Louis, at Lambert airport and calling Erica’s cell phone to let her know we had arrived!! The flowers were nice, but it was Erica I was so glad to see!