When you fly to Niger from the east coast of the U.S., you need to build some flexibility into your schedule. There are no direct flights, so John routed us through Paris. But the flights from Paris don't fly every day. If we had been delayed by weather in Newark and missed our connection in Paris, we might have missed several days in Niger. That would have been a disaster, because there is a very important Farmers of the Future meeting scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. So we decided to stay a few days in France, visiting with our niece Claire and celebrating my 60th.
she's not able to save me from embarrassing myself, since I enjoy making a fool of myself in a foreign language. Come to think of it, she's probably trying to protect the locals from me, but I like to think I provide comic relief.