In a week and a half, I leave Niger as I found it: without internet access.
Unable to even get a call through to our internet non-provider, I finally sent our gardener, Pierre, out with the car to go ask, WTH? He came back with news that last Friday's huge storm had knocked down their tower, and with an uber-Niamey kind of repair schedule: it won't be fixed tomorrow, maybe the next day, which is a polite way to say maybe never. Or maybe really the day after tomorrow!
Meanwhile the number of admin details overwhelms.
The kids and I leave for Paris on June 24th. Stay two nights, land in Sacramento June 27th. Which confuses me, because I only have two nights of hotel reserved. Another thing to look into. Spend until the 10th in Sacramento-Donner Lake area, depending totally upon the kindness of my sister and brother-in-law. Drive to Portland with my parents. Peter arrives in Portland the 8th. Peter plans to drive back down to Northern California to do the Mt Shasta-San Francisco-Disneyland?-Davis circuit. I don't know that I will go. Right now I'd rather just sit by myself in Portland, although I do want to see everyone, I remember how awful I felt last year after doing that same grand tour. Everyone was mad at us, I felt we slighted everyone, we'd lived out of suitcases and were exhausted when we left. I'm thinking of just staying in Portand and riding my bike around, seeing friends there and wandering the aisles of Powells, stocking up on little things to send to Moscow. Peter will drive up to Portland around the 28th and we are there until the 10th of August, when we go to DC for a week. We leave for Moscow the 16th, arrive the 17th.
I was going to get off the plane in Sacramento and buy an iPhone, but I guess now I'll wait until the 11th. Arrrggg.
What are your summer plans?