January 2013 Trip – First Days

After two long, but good flights (Minneapolis to Paris and Paris to Niamey) Kara and I arrived in Niamey about 4pm on Wednesday.  We woke up early on Thursday to take another flight to Maradi, which is 2 hours east of Niamey by plane.  This beautiful sunny, warm day with flowers blooming and trees filled out with leaves reminds me of June in the Midwest.

We spent the remainder of Thursday eating lunch first at our guest house where we are staying and discussing our agenda and everything we need to accomplish during the next week in a half. We are off to visit a couple of the schools we support tomorrow.  We plan to bring the cards, photos and gifts people sent along for their sponsored students and do some art projects with the children.

(Written by Ruth)

Ruth on SIM plane
Ruth on SIM plane, Niamey to Maradi
niger-landscape-from-sim-plane
Niger Landscape from SIM plane
Dog in Maradi
Dog at recording studio in Maradi