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FuIl Body Search

Well, I arrived at the airport 2 and 1/2 hours early to avoid any delays.  This was good thinking from months ago as I was overweight and wanted to leave some things behind with my girls if I needed to unload some things that (back in December) I thought I would not be able to live without!  That part went well…as I had to shed 2 lbs from what I thought was a 70 lb bag.  Okay…now we are inside the airport and going through the “do you have all your paperwork so we can send you back home if you don’t and you’ll have to go through all this again” process.  Good.  All paper work in order but the luggage  has to be rearranged as the bag which I thought I was going to use as a purse did not pass and my computer bag was already full.  So, off to the side we go to try putting all that was in the so-called purse into the carry-on and my computer bag.  But, SURPRISE! only half fits and my prized possessions have to go back home with my girls.

Now, we are at the final phase of the traveling abroad ritual — saying farewell…HUGS…KISSES…more HUGS…KISSES…WAVING…BYE…I LOVE YOU! BE GOOD!

Now for the part that every traveler loves…security check.  Show your paper work…ok good…take your shoes off and put them in a basket with your purse and take your computer out of its case and put it and your phone in another basket and of course, any liquids must be in a plastic bag and in another basket.  Now,  lift up the remainder of whatever you have up onto the conveyor belt and step forward and put your feet in those two yellow feet in this x-ray like full-body scanner while you hold your hands up over your head.  Now, last time I traveled on a plane — remember to Florida in December and January, that was the end of the process.  But, of course, not today.

Let me go back a little ways…I have a girlfriend who has written a book about overseas travel and I asked her a question about money/document belt — if I can put it on before I board the plane.  She said “Oh, no problem…you’ll be fine.”  NOOOOOOOO, that is not fine!  They saw the belt in the scan and asked me to step aside and what was that I had on under my clothes?  A money/document belt…I told them.  “We will have to do a full body search.  Stand here…we have to go to the room over there.”  So, after taking the belt off in front of the two female security persons, which one of them inspected, they told me that they would still have to proceed with the full body search.  So, I proceeded to transition myself mentally to “doctor’s office mode.”  Ladies, this works well otherwise it might feel like an invasion of your personal space.  But, over all, it was not bad.  They were nice ladies and I was a cooperative citizen.

Once back in my clothes, I gathered up all my belongings which were now in quite a mess from the perfect packing I thought I had done over the weeks, I was on my way down to wait at the boarding gate with all the other happy travelers.

More on my trip to Africa soon…we’ve only just begun.

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Though that marching band and twirling girls were all heated up, I was still really cold under my Anne Klein double lined trench coat!  Today, Saturday 14 Jan, is the opening to a week-long celebration starting next week in Eatonville Florida. The 10-block walk to reach the heart of Zora Neale Hurston’s hometown did not help me to warm up (actually, I’m still chilled). 
So, all of you Michiganders thinking of heading to Florida for fun in the sun, wait a week or so before coming to Orlando.  I hope it warms up before I leave!

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Just before Christmas, I sat down and wrote the following

     If you want to stay in touch with me and read about all the activities, people, places and events in which I am involved, subscribe to this blog and you will receive an update each time I post a journal entry here.

     I was going to create a new one just for sharing my experiences during my stay, but in keeping with the spirit of my life and work, Asaviour’s Fire Place seemed like it was more appropriate than ever.

     So, keep me in your positive thoughts and prayers.  I take you with me on this exquisite journey back Home to Africa.

Well now, the day after Christmas, things are quite different.  My first stop on this journey was to be Liberia, W. Africa.  Our contacts in the country have advised that we not travel at this time.  So, I will be here a little while longer.  As soon as I calm down, I will share some of the experiences leading up to my staying home.

In the meantime, have a great week and Happy Kwanzaa!

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“So many people (including me) all seemingly enamored with the sights, aromas, and events surrounding them as they entered the festival space.”

How I did it: The first thing to remember that going to a festival is first making a selection of many other things that may be available for you to do. The word ‘festival’ lets you in on the fact that you are going to an event that has lots of food and drink available offered in a setting that also presents exciting or unique events, displays, performances, etc.

I had been reading our local paper and there was always a special magazine inside that gave the upcoming events for the weekend. This is one way of finding festivals though you can be more sure if you go online and check current events in your city (often listed under your chamber of commerce or other events listings in your area). If there is a special subject or area of interest that you have — i.e., jewelry, soap making, quilting, wine, etc., you could put the following in the search engine: “Quilting Festivals in Ohio.”

I picked a festival that offered a learning experience for me as well as food, jewelry, art, and performances that I would not have otherwise found locally. I attended Shakespeare Festival.

Lessons & tips: The best tip I can give is that you will probably be more delighted the festival and what it has to offer if you pick one that has an interest to you. This way, the information offered, the variety of items offered, and the time and effort it takes you to get to the festival will be worthwhile.

Also be ready to ask lots of questions as festivals usually have people that are passionate about their craft(s) and subject so they are more than happy to share this info with you.

Resources: What helped me most was to have on comfortable shoes and clothing. The time of year of the festival is always to be taken into account and the festival I attended was in Autumn; so, a light jacket or sweater was good to take along.

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There would never have been enough film to take all that I saw on my journey from Michigan to Sedona, but here are three more tools for reflection on the awesomeness of where we are.  Photography by Sophia Asaviour…EnJoy!

Eagle’s View
Is Anybody Down There?

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