10 January 2010

Birthday on the go

Wow, what a hectic birthday.

Technically Mercy Air's pilot Paul spent the day at work but it was probably a work day he wouldn't have wanted to miss. He was up at death o clock to fly up to Botswana to pick up our friendly Spanish family. After a splash and dash for fuel in Francistown, they headed north to find the Smoke that Thunders.

It turned out to be just where the GPS said it would be, and ATC allowed us a sneak peak...

We landed, put the plane to bed, just beat an airliner full of people to the Immigration queue, and drove 20mins to the hotel...

A quick-ish lunch and then they all headed straight for the border so that we could leave the country... for Zambia, to have a look from that side...

An hour later they were back in Zim to see how different it looked from there...

You can get quite close - and quite wet!

Then it went dark, so they went back to the hotel for more food.

Up early again the next morning to fly all the way south again. About 1500 miles total round trip. We pick them up Monday again to take them to a school in Maputo which they helped set up, after which we will drop them in Jo'burg so they can get back to Spain in a big plane.

Mercy Air team

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