Day 10 – Back Home

Saturday/Sunday February 23/24 2019

On Friday night we had gone to look for Hippos at a local viewing spot.  We didn’t see any, however we took advantage of the sunset to take some photos of Doug, Deanna and the children

as well as a picture of our team.

The first thing we did on Saturday morning, was to pack our bags in preparation for leaving to go back home.  We had been invited to a cafe for breakfast on Saturday morning, so we headed to the cafe.   Unfortunately we had to go back to the Swedish Mission shortly after we had left because I had forgotten my phone there.   When we got to the cafe, I had to order my usual cappuccino.

After a breakfast of cappuccinos, lattes and croissants, we drove to a private park along the beach on lake Tanganyika to debrief from all of the activities of the week.

Following the debriefing, we drove to a public park nearby, where we met the members of Grace Community Church, which is led by pastor Eric.

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The church was having a picnic on the beach.   They were playing soccer,  swimming  and visiting when we got there.   Doug and Andrew introduced several of the members to a frisbee, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Some of the members introduced Michele to a clapping game, which was a challenging game of co-ordination and timing.   They seemed to be having a lot of fun.

At 2 pm, we all ate a full course meal prepared by the members, before leaving for the airport at 3 pm and leaving for Addis Ababa at 5 pm.

We arrived in Addis Ababa at 9:30 pm ( with a 1 hour time change ) and we had a short delay before we left for Dublin at 11 pm.   We arrived in Dublin at 4:15 am ( 7:15 am Addis Ababa time ), just over 8 hours after we left Ethiopia.

We only stopped for an hour in Dublin to refuel and we weren’t allowed to get off of the plane.    When the plane had been fueled, we headed to Toronto for a 6.5 hour flight to Toronto.

We arrived at 7:20 am on Sunday morning and were met by Chuck Wiens at the airport, who drove us back to Virgil where we arrived at 9:30 am, glad to be back home again.

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