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Desire in Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport in New York

My Travel Partner is back: my daughter Desire is arriving this evening from Amsterdam aboard the Royal Dutch Airlines KLM. It all started with last minute arrangements and a planned business trip to Port of Spain for my sister Beatrice: these developments made it possible to have my daughter return sooner than I had originally planned. My sister responded to an e-mail I had sent her previously regarding Desire's academic records at the private school she was attending back in Uganda, she replied, but her e-mail indicated she was in another country other than Uganda, on the continent of Africa. She also indicated she would be returning to Uganda on November 11 and leaving on November 22 to journey to the Port of Spain (for those who do not know where Port of Spain is, it is in Trinidad and Tobago), via New York.

Desire and me at JFK International Airport on arrival from Amsterdam
I seized the opportunity to arrange to have her bring my partner along with her (she is 9 years you know!). Well lucky for me, Beatrice agreed to travel with Desire and have her disembark in New York, this of course was after a week of silence from when I had sent the original e-mail asking if she would be so kind as to bring Desire back with her.

You can imagine the excitement with which I heard Beatrice's voice on the other end of the line when she finally called me from Kampala to say she would try to get Desire on the same flight with her. Her office was arranging her travel details and all she knew then, was that she would be leaving November 22, at 5:00 am on Kenya Airways/KLM Royal Dutch Airlines via Amsterdam. I immediately went on the KLM website and pulled up flight schedules out of Entebbe (EBB) to New York (JFK) departing November 22.

Desire, me and our aunt 'Mama Randy'
4 itineraries came up; only one flight was leaving on the 22 at the exact time that Beatrice had indicated she would be leaving, 4 seats were left.

My dilemma: If I bought the ticket from the US, it would cost a couple hundred dollars more than it would if paid for in Kampala. I made a call to Kampala and told Beatrice I would wire her the money as soon as she could secure a booking with Kenya Airways. I called my girlfriend Agnes who was instrumental in putting down the deposit for the ticket and the rest went like clock work. Back in Tucson, I had one challenge and one alone: finding someone to fill up my schedule at work for Monday and Tuesday (our busiest days in the week). Thankfully I had mentioned it probably ten times to my manager, that I was planning a trip to Africa to pick up my daughter, so two days vs two weeks sounded like music to her ears.

My charming Travel Partner Desire
Originally I had asked for 10 days off, now that I was asking for only 2 days off, she was happy to grant me the time off and even find two people to take up the hours I needs: my gratitude to her. Once the days off were granted, one last thing I had to do was purchase 2 more tickets, domestic tickets for Desire and I. One return ticket for me out of Phoenix to New York, and a one-way ticket out of New York to Phoenix for Desire. All the major Travel Engines like Travelocity, Orbitz, Cheap tickets, Kayak, Priceline, all had higher priced tickets. I went directly tot he airlines and with my frequent flyer membership was able to get reasonably priced last minute tickets on US Airways. New York here I come . . .

 

Africancrab says:
Thanks buddy, how is the going in Ecuador?
Posted on: Dec 05, 2009
geerbox says:
Awesome!!
Posted on: Dec 04, 2009
Africancrab says:
Thank you both, it is such a pleasure having her back with me.
Posted on: Dec 01, 2009
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