Africa- Here I Come, But London 1st

The planning and preparations better be done because I’m at the airport ready to embark on this Safari. I say “safari” because the original meaning of that word is “journey” and I’m certainly going on one of those. When I went to the bank the other day to get my clean, crisp, and recent bills for travel (Uganda & Tanzania don’t like to change anything smaller than $50 or $100 bills and they must have been printed after 2000) the teller told me he was born and raised in South Africa and what we tourists call a “safari” the Africans call a “game drive”. So, I looked up “safari” and it comes from the Arabic word “safar” that means journey or trip.
It took me days to accomplish the task but I finally got all of the items I planned to bring into 3 suitcases with a total weight of about 130lb. But, it makes me smile to think about how I’ll leave most of it with African children. My total count is: 14 boy shorts, 23 matchbox size cars, 5 dolls, 5 balls, 64 pencils, 94 knit or crocheted baby hats, & 95 little dresses for Africa!! Again, the is the effort of so many people- thanks to you all!!!
About the picture: if you think my backpack looks stuffed you should see my luggage. 🙂


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Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Binghamton, NY USA
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6 Responses to Africa- Here I Come, But London 1st

  1. Pei-Pei Heikkinen says:

    Good luck and have fun on your safari, Karen. Looking forward to reading more about your experiences. 🙂


  2. Pei-Pei Heikkinen says:

    Hi Karen,

    I hope you can see this video. It’s heartbreaking.


  3. Pei-Pei Heikkinen says:

    Follow up on Sam, Jane, and Esther.


  4. Tina Koerber says:

    Good Luck to you, KarenBeth. You certainly have some heavy luggage. Have a wonderful trip. I’m sure you will put a smile on many faces of the African children.


  5. Janel Martin says:

    Have a great time! You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.


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