Our trip to Kilimanjaro was pretty straightforward. Once we had the flights on KLM booked we had the dates set for our trip to England then back to Amsterdam for the flight south to Tanzania. Emily went to Europe a month early to travel and met us in England. This meant that she would not be using the flight from Amsterdam to London. Airlines apparently do not like it if you do not show up for a leg of your journey so Emily contacted KLM to let them know that she would not be on the flight.
On returning to Amsterdam we spent the evening a nice airport hotel before leaving for Tanzania in the morning.
We arrived in the evening at Kilimanjaro Airport. It is a ways out of Arusha so we arranged for Shadows of Africa to pick us up from the airport. We began and ended our safari in Arusha. The safari was amazing. The only negative was that Siobhan got sick while we were visiting the Ngorogoro Crater. But with a bit of rest and the antibiotics we had she was over what ever was ailing her in a couple of days.
Once back in Arusha we spent the first part of the day topping up our money for tipping the guides as we did not have enough cash with us. We had so many bills of money we felt rich but now I was relaxed as we would have enough money to properly tip the guides.
Back at the hotel we met our guides for Kilimanjaro. We picked up the equipment we had arranged to rent from Shadows of Africa. After arranging the pick up time for the morning we went for dinner and to get a good nigh sleep. The first indication that things might not go smoothly was that the tilapia fish that we had on safari that was soooo good, when Siobhan ordered it for dinner it was deep fried to a crisp with hardly any edible meat remaining. Dinner took about two hours for four meals which did not have us in a really great mood. After heading to bed a good time things went downhill. There was a knock at our bedroom door at about 1am in the morning. It was Siobhan saying that Emily was sick and throwing up.
There was not a lot we could do for Emily. Tried to keep her hydrated and rest as best she could. It had taken Siobhan a couple of days to get better but she did not have to hike up a hill. The next few days would have an undercurrent of stress and doubt as Emily suffered through being sick on the hike. The morning was coming and it was time to start the hike.