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The Journey Here

South Africa Adoption

Wednesday, November 12th we sent off to leave cold and snowy Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to travel the 40 hours to warm and lush Durban, South Africa. Thankfully our journey was completely uneventful and Raeca had a decent amount of sleep on the planes, she’s always been a great little traveler.

Like I previously shared we went from Saskatoon to Calgary, about an hour flight with a few hours of a layover.

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Then we flew the 9ish hours to Frankfurt where we had a 9 hour layover (which didn’t feel that long, Frankfurt is the worst laid out airport I’ve ever been to, aka we wandered around for awhile trying to figure out where we were supposed to be). Thankfully Rae slept about half of the flight over (and watched a few movies in the other half, the benefit to not letting your kid watch much TV is when the fly they have plenty of movies to watch that they’ve never seen).

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We had to continue our Frankfurt airport tradition with a meal at McDonalds -a place we never frequent back at home but always seem to go to at least once when traveling.

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We found a little kids play area where Rae played for about an hour, a good 45 minutes of that were spent playing with two little girls from South Korea, the only words the girls knew in English was numbers 1-20 and bye. But that didn’t stop them from having a blast together.

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Then it was off to Johannesburg! Raeca once again slept about half of the 11 hour flight.

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After Johannesburg we had a short layover and then took a quick one hour flight to Durban! I could see the beauty as we flew in, the green grass, the hills, the ocean! Such a gorgeous place!

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When we arrived at the airport we had a wonderful driver, Tezz, waiting to bring us to our accommodations.

Well, nap time is pretty much over so I’ll stop there for today. More of South Africa to come soon!

7 Comments

  1. Katie Cook November 20, 2014

    Ahhh LOVED reading this girl! So glad Raeca was such a great traveler!! I’ve been following so avidly on IG, and am SOOO excited for this journey!! xoxo


  2. Marie November 20, 2014

    Love this update! Durban looks beautiful! Someday perhaps I’ll be able to travel there too… And apparently I need to get with the times and get started with instagram. 🙂


    • Chantel November 21, 2014

      You really do need to get on Instagram Marie!! There is a great adoption community on there!


  3. Mary-Keith November 20, 2014

    Wow! I am so glad it seems to have been such a smooth trip so far!


  4. Amanda November 20, 2014

    What a great traveler! I’m glad it was relatively uneventful.


  5. Fiona November 21, 2014

    Sounds like a very smooth trip. What a blessing! Your airport/airplane photos look great. Mine never turn out that well. We aren’t very fond of Frankfurt either. It’s big and confusing to get around in (especially with a short layover) and the people aren’t very friendly (in fact, they’re quite rude). Durban looks so beautiful, and what a contrast to Canada! I look forward to more pictures (and so happy that I can finally comment again…discus and slow internet are not friends!)


  6. Kitty November 21, 2014

    Love hearing this! And you’ll LOVE having it written down to remember for years to come!!


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