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走进东非 - 忙碌的24小时

坐新飞的英国航空公司,由德州首府奧斯汀出发,先是往北飞到英国伦敦希斯罗机场,然后再向南飞往东非肯尼亚的首府,我们来到了内罗毕。这是一个漫长而忙碌的旅程,在2014年暑期的尾声。

飞机是新的,清一色的波音787,乘客不多。新飞机的最大感觉,干净整洁,机舱的噪音要轻好多。机上娱乐系统也有进步,新上映的电影就有四十多部。晚餐中规中矩,随餐配送的葡萄酒倒是有新意,可惜味道颇苦。然而,长途飞行最期盼的座椅还是没有太多变化,座垫很硬,椅背的斜角也不大,十来个钟固定在椅子上,屁股肉少的,依旧是苦差事。

内罗毕机场的移民关显得狭小而拥挤,空气中有些闷热。队伍移动的速度缓慢,让人多少有些心急。好不容易轮到我们,一名女移民官漠然地抬头瞅了我们一眼,嘴里嘟囔了一句:钱呢?急忙从裤袋里掏出一叠美金,一人五十的过关费,换来一张事先印好的签证纸,移民官熟练地贴在护照上,潦草地写上几个字,挥挥手放行了。

我们有五个人。我,弗弗,此行游猎团的团长;虫儿和乖儿,随团家属;春春,一个总想当团长的副团长;欢欢,团副夫人,人如其名,虽然旅途情绪持续紧张中,但还是欢欢喜喜地跟了一路。

东非之行的计划,从起初被网友小榛子“种草”心动,到后来陆陆续续网友的持续跟进,有十多个年头了。这一回,是乖儿高中前的最后一个暑期,如果再不行动,就只能错过了。

好在这十年来,大大小小的家庭旅行计划,做得越来越熟练简洁。只是一开始,为了期待中的同行,眼看着机票慢慢涨起来。总算果断抓住了开学前两周的机票。之后一个月的忙碌,行程、游猎团费的细节、内陆飞机票、旅馆租车,有条不紊地安排就绪。

朋友圈里,不想去的朋友终究没有同行,而欢欢春春的最终加入多少有些惊喜。我们还特意在出行之前,碰了几次头,一起远足练练身体,还考虑了队服。不管如何,每个人都有了头衔,团长就是我。

内罗毕机场,大堆的乘客,无聊地等行李。遇到了此行的第二惊,欢欢春春的行李不见了。

我们的行李一早就拿到了,而欢欢她们的行李,等到曲终人散的时候还是没有影子。奥斯汀来的路上,春春开玩笑,说他们同事建议随身行李多带件衣服,省得到时候托运行李不见了,没想到一语成谶。挪到服务台,排了好久才搭上话,果然,她们的行李,转机的时候动作慢了点儿,没跟着跑上飞机,留在伦敦了。

不得不提及此行的第一惊,转机的伦敦希斯罗机场了。希斯罗机场是老牌的最繁忙机场之一。我们之前的行程计划,LHR转机时间两小时。出行之前,和英国同事聊天,“LHR,两个钟,嗯,恐怕有些紧张。伦敦机场很乱。”

“同一家航空公司,又是同一个航站楼,问题不大吧?”我不以为然。。。

还是遇到问题。首先是奥斯汀起飞的飞机晚点落地一个钟。接着英国自家航空公司的飞机,居然靠不到航站楼登机口。结果明明同一个航站楼,不同登机口的转机,实际过程变成了这样:旅客拖着行李上机场大巴,等满座了,转一大圈,送回航站楼5A,扶梯上楼,经由转机通道,查验登机牌护照。然后排着长队过安检。

安检那叫一个慢,“悠哉悠哉”。一个安检哥哥大概看我太帅了,还把我叫过去,上上下下好一顿摸。我差点想问哥哥,你之前炼过泰式按摩吧?同行小伙伴欢欢背包里的洗面奶,美国安检这儿没事,漂洋过海到英国,嘚,被没收了。

之后电梯下楼,坐机场地铁从航站楼5A回5C,扶梯上楼,最终到达登机口,飞机已经关了机舱口。幸好派虫儿和乖儿不管如何,提前冲到登机口。我们几个小伙伴,拖着行李在后面一顿狂奔,飞机还是在最后一分钟等着我们了。看看小伙伴们大气不喘气闲神定的样子,我心里还有些小得意,“行,出行之前的拉练没白练。”

只不过,不同行李跑出了不同名次。

游猎团的行程不比度假村的日子,一天赶似一天。明天回机场取行李,是万万不可能的。更何况最快情况下,行李也是赶在明晚同班飞机才可以到。和机场商量了一下,最后决定把行李送到我们第三天的旅馆,出城向南250公里的马赛马拉国家公园。机场倒是痛快,一口答应。看来游客多了,行李不见了的这种事情,没少发生过。

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