I hadn’t planned to go to Kenya but decided a week before my exams I was going to surprise the missus in Nairobi.
I looked up tickets, they were quite affordable but before I booked I wanted to check with the powers that be if it was permissible to transit through Europe with all that’s happened down there. That’s when the bombshell came. No restrictions on Europe but I needed to put in a request to visit Kenya..what? Yes, Kenya is currently classified as being in FPCON Charlie. It’s basically security speak to mean imminent terror attacks are in the works. I put in the request which was denied almost immediately. Wow..I could actually be refused the chance to visit home. I had to take this seriously lest I found myself unable to visit the wife.
I had to do some security training, short courses and other stuff to be able to resubmit my request for my impending impromptu visit. All this whole goings on while still preparing for my end of course exam.
Luckily for me, it got approved on the second time of asking, all conditions met.
I wanted to surprise my wife so I planned the trip behind her back. I gave her a phony story about my phone having issues. This was to cover the time I’d be in flight Nairobi bound.
I called my Nairobi cab driver in good time and he was waiting for me when I landed. I made my way to her place and it was the best surprise to see the shock on her face when she saw me at the door. It had been a minute since I last saw her at basic training graduation in San Antonio last year.
I was going to be in Kenya for a week, I had to maximize my time at home. We were lucky the wife got time off for the time I was there.
I got to see family and a few friends while I was there. Surprised them all and in the process missed a few. That’s the thing with surprises. They can be hits or misses.
I took a short roadtrip for a few days. It was refreshing being out there, one with nature.
A week flies by quick and before I knew it was time for me to head back to work.
It felt good being back home, not losing touch with what’s going on back there. Seeing the wife, folks and friends. I don’t want to be the Kenyan who immigrated and comes back with an accent and out of touch with reality on the home front.
I’m back now recovering from jet lag before I resume work.
Something so random happened on my return flight from Europe to the states. A dude who was seated in front of me at the back pulled out a cigarette and lit up. Just like that. I thought I was dreaming. He was actually smoking in a plane cabin in the year of our good Lord 2016. Unbelievable. Not the smartest move on a plane heading to the state in this era of security paranoia. Soon the cabin was filled with cigarette smoke. A flight attendant came rushing and yelling for the guy to hand over the lit cigarette. The evidence was taken away and we thought that was the end of it, save for the flight attendant head purser asking the dude if it was his first time flying to the states. When we landed there were 8 cops waiting at the gate. The dude and his friend were led away. What a way to end the trip on a high of a different kind.