We are currently sitting in the South Bend Regional Airport awaiting our first flight, to Atlanta. From there is a straight flight to Guatemala City.
The girls are so excited! Our plane is scheduled to leave at 6:29. Three of them have never down before so they will get quite an experience. :) Below are a few pictures. Will load more later.
We arrived in Atlanta at 7:50 am. It was a peaceful flight out of South Bend as we flew off as the sun was rising. Very beautiful.
It was amusing to see the expressions of these first time flyers, especially Mayra! It took her awhile to look out the window but she finally did.
Her response to her first flight - "Scary"
Hannah's response -"It was awesome!"
Kristyn's response - "It was awesome, then when we hit the ground, it scared me!"
We arrived in Guatemala City at 11:05 am. The flight was less than 3 hours and not bad at all until we were descending into Guatemala. There was a little bit of wind that caused quite a bit of turbulence but we were just excited to have finally landed.
I enjoyed the company of a little girl about 4 years old that reminded me of my little best friend at YCDC, Hannah Mattern. She sat in The seat right in front of me and kept wanting me to catch her arm or play "I spy". Then she'd ask me questions like, "What's your dad's name?", "Is my Grandma your sister?", or "Are you going to Guatemala with us?"
Her father looked back at me at the end of the flight and said, "If she's been annoying in any way, I apologize." I told him I am a Preschool teacher and he understood. :)
The clouds were so thick and puffy as we began our descent, I wanted to just reach out and grab a chunk.
Would that we've be humanly possible?
The mountains are beautiful and this is a much calmer and relaxed atmosphere than the other places I've been to.
It's refreshing to see the awe and wonder on these girls' faces as they begin to experience their first moments in another country. It takes me back to my first missions trip to Sierra Leone.
We met up with the group that flew in from Ohio as we went through customs (which is NOT my favorite part but it went rather smoothly)then headed outside where a horde of people stood, either with signs or merchandise or waiting for vehicles. We met up with Ben Baker and his grandfather, Rev. Eugene Baker. Or first stop is Wal-Mart to buy groceries and other necessities.
The wives of the group went ahead in a van and the rest of the group waited for a bus. We all started laughing when a jacked up and decorated bus pulled up.
Wal-Mart was an experience for sure. It wasn't as nice as the one in Honduras but it was still neat to see. We were all excited about the low prices and piled on the snacks.
Me and Mayra have already been able to practice our Spanish when exchanging money and I thought it was a good way to find a bathroom.