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Nan's 21 Days of Vacation, with apologies to "The 12 Days of Christmas"

On the first day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:          
            A security search at the Saint Louis airport

On the second day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:          
            A big wait at the Paris airport
            AND
            Chaos at the Douala airport

On the third day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            A croissant from Zepol Bakery in Douala
            Shopping at Marche des Fleurs for crafts
            AND
            An Indian lunch at Seema & Saurav’s apartment

On the fourth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            Multiple stops by gendarmes on the way to Limbe
            1 hotel room reservation that “disappeared”
            1 wildlife center
            AND
            1 ant infestation

On the fifth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            Papayas & croissants for breakfast on the beach
            White-breasted crows at the Limbe Botanical Gardens
            Trying a native dish – ndole at The Hot Spot for lunch
            Red-headed “push-up” lizards
            AND
            Lounging on the porch by the ocean

On the sixth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            1 herd of cows in the street, stopping traffic
            1 lost taxi
            1 confiscated taxi
            1 replacement taxi
            AND
            2 small children carrying water on their heads for us in Yabassi

On the seventh day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            3 beignets for breakfast
            3 fish for lunch
            AND
            1 walk in the jungle

On the eighth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            John’s omelets for Christmas breakfast
            3 Cameroonian foods for Christmas lunch
            A visit to the school and Leah’s classrooms
            A visit with the Bambolo’s
            Ironing ALL the clothes to kill the fly larvae
            AND
            A night of digestive misery

On the ninth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            9 students and friends of Leah drinking sodas with us at the bar

On the tenth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            A 5-hour bush taxi ride back to Douala
            AND
            5 minutes for photos with our new best friend gendarme

On the eleventh day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            6 spoons – Yippee!
            AND
            5 hours of recovery for John

On the twelfth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            5 seats on the Bamenda bus for our 4 big American butts
            6 hours of traveling
            AND
            the Best Hotel in Bamenda

On the thirteenth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            8 hours of sightseeing
            1 flat tire
            2 hours with the Bamenda Boys Chorus & Palm Wine Appreciation Society
            AND
            2 guitar songs played for us by the artist SPEE

On the fourteenth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            2 Peace Corps friends for breakfast at Dreamland, home of “The Whooper” (yes, “Whooper”)
            2 videotapes
            2 hours of haggling in the market
            2 hours of delightful lunch
            2 disappointing showers
            2 bites of Laughing Cow cheese for dinner
            AND
            2 hours of souvenir packing engineering

On the fifteenth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            6 hours of miserable bus time with a maniac driver
            1 flat tire in a taxi
            3 Cameroonian drivers arguing,
            2 spaghetti dinners
            2 dishes of ice cream
            AND
            A shower with the best towel in Cameroon

On the sixteenth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            2 pastries from Zepol Bakery
            2 trips to tailors
            1 trip to the “BIG” market
            5 hours of resting
            2 pizzas at the Mediterranean restaurant
            AND
            4 gendarmes at a roadblock on the way to the airport

On the seventeenth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            2 hours waiting for baggage at the Paris airport
            1 hour walking with luggage from the Metro to our hotel
            3 great sandwiches at a café
            2 big cathedrals
            1 big flower market
            1-hour boat trip on the Seine
            3 dinners at a Paris McDonald’s
            3 desserts at a café
            AND
            A wonderful shower at the hotel

On the eighteenth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            3 great breakfasts at Pain Quotidian
            1 hour walking on the Champs Elysees
            2 hours at the Rodin Museum
            1 hour at Napolean’s Tomb
            2 hours at the Army Museum
            3 great sandwiches at a café for lunch
            1 hour at the Catacombs
            1 fruitless trip to the Eiffel Tower (it was closed!)
            3 great sandwiches at a café for dinner
            AND
            Snow in Paris

On the nineteenth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            6 hours waiting to board the plane in Paris
            4 hours waiting on the runway in Paris
            1 re-routing to New York instead of Dallas
            4 hours waiting on the runway in New York
            1 flight cancellation
            AND
            3 tickets for Standby the next day for a flight to Saint Louis

On the twentieth day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            3 successful Standbys for the Saint Louis flight!
            2 hours waiting with Erin before her flight to Atlanta
            2 MetroLink rides home to our place
            2 wonderful showers
            2 wonderful flushing toilets, no waiting
            1 wonderful bed
            4 hours of napping
            2 dinners from our own “round the corner” Chinese restaurant
            AND
            2 hours uploading pictures from the digital camera

On the twenty-first day of vacation, my big trip gave to me:
            2 early wake-ups (we’re still stuck in the wrong time zone)
            2 coffees at our favorite coffee shop
            3 hours of napping
            1 trip to the suburbs to retrieve our car
            1 trip to the grocery store
            2 meatloaf dinners from the grocery store deli
            6 hours of working on the website for John
            AND
            4 loads of laundry
           
                                   

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