Arrived in Panama City around 7am, left for Houston around 9:45. Arrived in Houston, cleared immigration, then spent 3 hours stuck in the baggage claim area before customs because of a very bad thunderstorm. Proceeded to freak out a little and get into survival mode. Eventually, everyone made it through and I started freaking out about how I was going to get to Notre Dame.
When I say goodbye to my teammates, hugging each one turn-by-turn, I already feel some heartache of perfect times over. When I arrive at my gate, C11, and sit down at an iPad-equipped high table, it hits me like thunder.
“I am leaving paradise.” Continue reading
Today was our ‘fun’ day! We went to El Patio around 9am to get salteñas. It was a good time of fellowship, exchanging some gifts, talking. Then, we broke off into little groups to go shopping, sightsee, etc. I went with Carmen, Tina, Silas, Josue, and Marco to shop, then look at Casa de Liberdad Bolivia’s equivalent of Independence Hall. Then we looked at a store/’museum’ featuring real hand-made textiles. Women sit at a special loom and can spend 6 months making an 18″x12″ piece, creating shapes and using colors to tell stories. I ended up buying a beautiful poncho made on a different electric-powered loom from alpaca fur. If you see me wearing it, now you know the story 😉 Continue reading
I’m writing from my bedroom, shared with Janie and Tanya, at the same hostel we rented last year.
We made it!
We survived a trip totalling about 25 hours from the Austin airport to landing in Sucre. One cool thing: before we left Austin-Bergstrom, we ate for free at a restaurant called Wok and Roll. The lady who owns it is in out church’s Mandarin congregation, and she’d arranged it as a surprise (that PG inevitably leaked out). So we had a good first meal together as a team, feeling blessed by her support.
Austin to Houston, Houston to Panama City, Panama City to Santa Cruz, a 6-hour layover, and finally from Santa Cruz to Sucre. I was able to get some work done along the way, and also have some very good conversations about faith, feminism, careers, even movies, with team members (e.g. Tina and Josh). All in all, a pretty uneventful (in a good way) trip. Continue reading
Sorry this final update comes so late! It’s taken a while to recover physically and start to process this trip. It took quite a few hours to actually write this. This is a much longer update, fair warning… It only covers sentiments from the weekish after the trip, and even during that week things have been changing, so this is only an ad interim conclusion, if you will. I believe that God will continue to change me.
Saturday was a full day of travel, complete with customs in Houston and plenty of joking around/sharing pictures with each other. We arrived in the Austin airport around 6:40pm and Annie (David’s wife) was the first to greet us… and as our parents or spouses arrived there were the joyful reunions. Andrew tackled me and wouldn’t let me go during the entire baggage-claiming process. Love the guy. Continue reading