Trip Start Jun 11, 2011
19Trip End Jun 26, 2011
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I gave up at about 7 and started getting ready. I quickly realized my day pack of 20L just wasn't going to cut it with all the gear I wanted to carry on the plane with me - just in case our bags get lost along the way.
I headed into the city for my last pampering session before roughing it for two weeks and on the tram ride back I realized the tram was stopped right in front of Transa so I jumped off the tram, dodged some traffic and ran into the shop. The walls were lined with dozens of different day packs and also larger packs. I went to the day pack section and the first one I picked up at the start of the line was a very nice, anatomically correct 33L pack. I was in a bit of a hurry so I didn't bother to try on any others. Some times too much choice makes it more difficult anyway.
I got back home and gave Lincoln a quick bath before his best friends arrived to take him on his spa holiday. Then I moved the contents from my old daypack into the new one and had lots of room to spare. I looked at the clock and realized I had at least four more hours before we needed to go to the train station, and absolutely nothing left to do. We decided to go buy toilet paper - I have no doubt it will be one of our best purchases for the trip!
After that it was a long, uneventful train ride to Frankfurt. When we checked in for our flight we saw a sign that our carry on could not weigh more than 7kgs. With one thick travel guide, a thicker field guide, one netbook, one camera and one set of binoculars, I was pretty sure I would not meet that restriction and hoped I would not be asked to weigh my backpack. As we got closer to the check-in counter I noticed a lot of other people were being told to weigh their carry-ons, but somehow I completed the check-in process without being asked. We only had a couple hours to wait until our flight to Addis Ababa and I was totally exhausted already. We chilled out in the waiting lounge and finally boarded our plane. We were in the air and Africa-bound by 11:30pm!