We have arrived in Ethiopia! It was night when we arrived, but we can already tell it is beautiful, and the people are vvery friendly.
God blessed us with safe travel with only minor changes and added blessings! When we arrived in Frankfurt, we walked to the assigned terminal for our connecting flight, went through security and found different questions and inspections than Boston. Once through security, we found that our gate had been changed. Frankfurt is a large airport, and we ended up walking for 2 hours before getting to our gate. Thankful for a 5 hour layover! . Went through security, found out, walked out of security, & walked back.
When arrive in Addis, the landing was bumpy (understatement), but entering the country went smoothly. While we were waiting in line for our baggage inspection, an employee asked for our baggage claim tags to match to the luggage. When we checked in in Boston, we each just picked 2 bags from our huge pile and checked them. When we collected baggage in Addis, we just piled bags on carts and got in line. When we explained than we were a group of 14 and our bags were all together, another employee came up and asked if all of our bags had pink duct tape on them. (They did!) The employees looked at the bags for our pink tape, baggage handlers scooped our bags up on carts, and walked us around inspection! A very welcome blessing from God for a group of weary travelers!
I wish I had pictures of us piling into our vans and loading all the luggage into racks on top, but my phone (really just a camera and notebook this trip due to lack of internet) was dead. (Note to Frankfurt: more outlets around the gate would be nice. :D )
Tomorrow (really today as it is 12:30 local time), we will plan our time here, see where we are in the daylight, and meet our kids! We are so excited and can't believe we are here!
Lesson learned during travel: Not holding the tickets and all details of a trip is really ok. :)
(Please forgive any typos. Our phones are a little buggy without internet or cell service. I am actually typing this about 5:45 am local time 2/14 and we are without internet or power. Oh - and happy Valentine's day everyone!)