In less than three days, I will be returning to my African home and my adopted family and friends. Packing my ONE BAG doesn't take that long any more -- I've been volunteering there for awhile. My wardrobe there is limited to long skirts, tops that cover my shoulders, and hiking shoes. Of course when I'm photographing in the bush, I change to boots and slacks, but it's important to show respect for the culture I live in.
The biggest challenge this year was to get my insurance company to agree to pay for my prescription extensions so that I could have six months of my medications to carry with me. Last year, unfortunately, we didn't make these arrangements for enough time, so some close friends in the US went through the hassle of trying to get the meds to me. It cost almost $300 to have them shipped to Africa (five small bottles), and then Customs impounded them for several weeks in our capital until I proved to them that I was NOT selling drugs! Thank goodness for incred...
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