Friday, June 23, 2017
Day 2 of travel. We arrive in Bujumbura, Burundi after 23 hours of travel. We were all so exhausted that our biggest job was to stay awake until bedtime so we could start the transition to Burundi time. I laid on top of my bed and dumped gallons of sweat from my pores. I must have chugged a lot of liquid after we landed, because heaven knows the moisture did not come from the plane of dehydration. I’m not saying it was hot in the equatorial city of Bujumbura, I’m saying that Lucifer himself would have stripped down to his BVDs and poured cold water over his head to survive. I didn’t put the mosquito netting over me since I thought any layer of covering would be the final straw. At some point I fell asleep, or passed out from heat exhaustion, and slept soundly until 2:00 am when my CPAP battery died. I stumbled around in the darkness trying to find the bathroom, then finally peed into what, I am fairly certain, was the wrong receptacle. I got up at 5:00 to take a shower since I could not get sleep without my CPAP and noticed a host of red welts on my legs. I guess sleeping without the mosquito netting was not such a good idea.