Our Chicago –> London flight went well and was uneventful. Although, even though both of us were so tired, we still had difficulty getting good sleep. Every 30-45 minutes we would wake up and shift around (though there is not much room to shift!) and nod off again.
Once we landed (at 3am Minnesota time), we dashed through security and border control and found Randolph and Madeline Melville – some dear British friends that we had met in Zambia 5 years ago and were able to connect with for lunch. We had a “lovely time” (as Madeline would say) getting fish and chips and driving around some of the London suburbs. Towards the end of our time, both Derek and I started to feel our lack of sleep kick in. (Sorry, Madeline and Randolph, that we were not more engaging!)
Anyways, we really enjoyed our time. It was fun to see some sights, smell the fresh 50-degree England air, connect with friends, and get a London stamp in my passport.
Now, we are freshening up a bit, checking the highlights from the Packers-Falcons game we missed, and hoping our flight leaves on time, so that we can take our Dramamine and Melatonin and, hopefully, get a good night sleep before touching down in Lusaka in less than 12 hours from now.
We hope to keep you updated with the happenings of our first week in Zambia!