First layover: Washington Dulles
Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
23Trip End Feb 04, 2013
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Usually my African trips include several different countries, in each of which I spend just a few days. It’s unusual for me to spend two full weeks in just one country. But twice now in the past few years, I haven’t been able to follow through on visits that were planned to Côte d’Ivoire. The first time happened when the new government began requiring visas for American travelers. I had been going there for years without needing a visa and I didn’t know there had been a change
Last October, the visa service I usually use to get the multiple visas I need for these trips, dropped the ball and didn’t get me a visa to Côte d’Ivoire. The French bureaucracy in Togo (the French embassy issues visas for Côte d’Ivoire in Lomé) was so slow that I couldn’t get a visa in time for my flights, so I missed that visit as well.
There is quite a bit happening in Côte d’Ivoire as far as the church is concerned, some good and some not so good, that require attention and care, so I will spend a longer period there this time.
Now I have a long layover in DC, not quite long enough to make the 25 mile trip into the capital worth the trip, but certainly long enough to grow tired of the terminal. I’ll have another long layover in Paris tomorrow, but saved quite a bit of money on the air tickets by accepting the long layover times.
I noticed when checking my location on the map that Dulles is located about 10 miles from the Manassas Battlefield National Park where the first great battle of the American Civil War occurred. I hope to visit that site some day.