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We expected this in Uganda, but in the UK??!

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 This is one of the lions we saw on safari in Kenya back in 2009...has it been tracking us all these years?!
I just happened to be browsing on the internet this morning and the top story on MSN news was this:

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/27/13498732-cops-hunt-lion-reportedly-on-loose-near-british-village?lite

This is 15 miles from our house! They still haven't captured the lion and the nearest zoo, which happens to be in our town of Colchester, does not have any animals missing! Perhaps this beast has been tracking us since our safari in Kenya back in 2009 and had only made it as far as England when, to his utter astonishment, his job became miraculously easier when we suddenly turned up to live in the UK!

A quick trip down memory lane - we went on a safari in the Masai Mara in Kenya in 2009 with Alisha's parents, Ken and Karen Berry. We came across a lion kill - this was the male, so he got to eat first while the 6-7 females who had done the work and made the kil…

We have arrived!

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At SFO, just prior to checking in with our 19 bags!
We have arrived and after a week and a day, are feeling fairly settled here in Colchester. I’ll briefly rundown the past week as it’s been like a blur and with jet lag and all we’ve done.
The flight was un-noteworthy, except that at check-in we were charged 2.5 times what we were expecting to pay for our 4 extra bags. We spoke to the manager at the British Airways counter, a Hispanic woman, and things just seemed to get worse with her. I don’t know if she had it in for us because we work for a Christian organization or what it was, but it was clear that she was going to be antagonistic from the start. At one point, she told us that she thought we should be paying more so that the first class passengers wouldn’t have to pay anything since they had paid so much for their flight tickets! Obviously, we were a little shaken by it all but we did stay calm and let her know that we didn’t much care for what she was saying, especially since it …

The next chapter - EMI United Kingdom!

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UK - here come the Crawfords! It's our last night in the USA - 19 bags/bins (4 more than our free allowance - yikes!), 5 carry-ons and 5 "personal items" (i.e. backpacks) are all packed and in the car waiting for the trip to the airport. It's hard to imagine the amount of energy, planning and work it's taken to get to where we are here on this final night.  We have thoroughly enjoyed our time of seeing family and many friends! It's impossible to sum up all the emotions of the last 3 months of first moving out of our house in Colorado Springs after packing all our things into storage, then driving out to the West coast for visiting and saying goodbye while planning my next trip to Guinea, and then finally packing our necessities into all these bins and bags.  Just listing it out here makes me tired! :)
We have definitely been feeling a bit of deja vu from 4 1/2 years ago when we left for Uganda. The mixed emotions of being sad to leave family and friends and l…