Travel was certainly long but not too grueling. We kept occupied with plenty of personal entertainment options on the screen at each seat, plus a few of the activities we brought along.
It wouldn’t be a long–distance trip with Scott without a run-in with someone unexpected! This time it was Kurt Rosentrater, an engineering colleague from Iowa State, in the immigration line at the Johannesburg airport.
One more flight and we arrived early evening in Durban, tuckered out and eager to sleep horizontally. The kids’ bodies have surprised us by adjusting to the new time with no troubles since day one- nice! (Not quite as easy for the adults).
Have I mentioned these folks yet and how nutty it is that there are actually two Fargo-Moorhead families blogging from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa?
We felt so welcomed the first morning when Sophia, Isaac, and mom Tessa came to see us at our hotel. Along with big smiles, they had a booster seat in hand for Elsa and a Lego vehicle Simon had entrusted to Isaac when we first met last December. You’d think we’d all known each other for years the way everyone hit it off. We are so thankful for the help the Leiseth family has given us so far and for their ministry as leaders of the Young Adults in Global Mission program through the Lutheran Church.
Our first full day concluded seaside in Umhlanga (just north of Durban). We admired:
these incredible trees:
the beach and pier:
Really, really here!