On Monday, May 30, our last few hours in Paraguay were spent in the airport. However, we weren’t in the airport for too long. Without us knowing, our departure time had been changed. We were checking bags and getting tickets and were being rushed but we didn’t know why. Our original departure time was 6:55am but the new time was 6:10. At 6am, we were going through customs, and after, we went through security rather quickly- the quickest any of us have ever gone through security. We made it on the plane and didn’t leave until around 6:25am to head to Peru. In the Peru airport, we enjoyed free samples of chocolate covered candies as we had done on our journey to Paraguay and ate some of the banana bread muffins Anysia and Kendra made on Sunday night. Also, Kendra, Anysia, and Courtney made a quick stop to the perfume shop and sprayed themselves with a fragrance before arriving at our gate.
When we got to our gate, we had to go through security since we were about to enter the US. It marked the first time for most of us to be frisked head to toe! Then, we were finally on our way home… or at least to Miami. We experienced some turbulence which consequently affected the movies we were watching or trying to watch on the plane. We arrived in Miami around 5:30pm and had to wait a bit to collect all of our luggage. We loaded up the cars and then went back into the airport for some food at Chili’s**. Then, we finally were on the road home to meet anxiously awaiting family!
The trip was so great and several of the girls are excited for next year and are already talking about how to make next year’s trip better! We couldn’t have done it without Sue and her school and everyone else that helped us!
**Bonus note….When Dawn called from the Miami airport, I realized that Dan had just landed there at the Miami airport too. He was with a Haitian Sister Church pastor and his wife. They had just come in from Lafayette, Louisiana where Dan had been translating for them for the past week. They were able to connect at the Chili’s there at the airport and have a quick meal together before the team had to get in the van to come home. Dan had to spend the night with the pastor to make sure he got on the plane the next day before he could come home. We couldn’t have planned it better if we’d tried! It was fun for them to meet for supper, a special surprise for Dawn.