Wow! Where do I begin? The flight from DFW to Dubai was really amazing. Emirates has amazing service. We toasted our journey with a glass of bubbly, and the flight took off!
Both of us got plenty of sleep throughout the 14 hour journey. The seats laid completely flat and there were even “stars” on the ceiling.
AND, as an added bonus, our flight attendant was a beautiful Ethiopian! After the luxurious flight, we landed at the Dubai airport (a stunning one) and hit a little bump in the plans. When we booked our flights, Emirates told us they would pay for a hotel during our 22 hour layover. However, once we got to their counter, there was no hotel to be had. After a git of a breakdown on my part, we finally were able to find a hotel, Park Regency Dubai, for a decent price and arrived there around 3 pm. Dubai is really beautiful. It is such a melting pot of ethnicity and religion but all seem to really respect one another. We didn’t get to do too much sightseeing but were able to eat dinner on the 19th floor of the hotel and had an amazing view of the Middle East City of Lights.
The meal was really delicious too! How could I resist ordering the “Arabian Mezzeh Plate”?
After dinner, we spent a little time out on the roof of the hotel taking in the sights and sounds, and then headed off to bed. At that point, we were pretty exhausted, so we fell asleep around 8:30. At 12 am, we were both wide awake, staring at the ceiling. So we decided to watch three episodes of The Office on our portable DVD player (thanks mom!) We both tried to fall back asleep but only in vain, because we both woke up again around 3 am. We put on The Office again, watched another three episodes and decided we were hungry, so we ate three of Audra’s AMAZING chocolate chip cookies!!! (I am pretty sure it was the best cookie I have ever had!) I think we finally fell back asleep around 5 and had to be up at 6 to catch our flight. It was an interesting night to say the least. Although, I have to say I will always remember snacking on cookies in bed with Bo at 3 am.
The flight from Dubai to Addis was pretty uneventful, and we arrived at Bole Airport at 1:30 pm. Our AWESOME driver, Tesfy, picked us up and drove us through the CRAZY Ethiopian streets to our guest house. (I will make another post with pics about how wonderful and gorgeous this country is.) Everyone has been so amazingly nice and accommodating. As soon as we dropped our bags in our room, they asked us if we wanted to go meet our baby!!! We were pretty shocked, as we were not prepared to meet her until the next day. I quickly changed into my very well thought out “meeting precious baby” outfit, and we headed to the foster home. I will share the story of meeting her in the next couple days. It deserves its own novel. It changed my life to say the least and opened my eyes to God’s pure glory and love.
Please continue to pray for us as we prepare for our court date on Tuesday (Monday evening for you guys). We love and miss everyone but are soaking up beautiful Ethiopia and our amazing new life.