What a trip! Yesterday was filled with excitement, sadness, joy, anxiety, and happiness. Our travels were less than ideal, and we had problems with every flight we were on yesterday. First the weather was too bad in Chicago, so we couldn’t land. When we finally did land in Chicago, the lightning was too bad so we couldn’t get off the plane. After that our flight to Miami was 2 hours late, and we LITERALLY missed our connecting flight to Santiago by seconds. They closed the door right before we got there and refused to let us on! Dr. O’Keefe politely asked the nice man at the counter to help us. 🙂
It was truly Gaby who saved the day. Her brilliant mind got us on the next flight out of Miami for the Dominican Republic, but we were being rerouted to Santo Domingo, which is about 2 and a half hours away… Yay, for long bus rides!
We finally arrived around 3 o’clock in the morning, Santiago time, and didn’t get to sleep until 4. We then had to wake up for breakfast at 8 and finally began our journey through Santiago.
Being here feels like a dream, I still can’t wrap the idea around my head that I am in a foreign country. The money here is different, the traffic is suicidal, the car horns are on continual beep mode, and the people still keep smiles on their faces. This morning was a little scary because we had an electrical wire pole fall right in front of us because a fork lift ran into it and pulled it down; buildings were damaged and I don’t think I’ve seen any of the students move as fast as they did when they heard the snapping noise right above their heads! Ahh such a great way to start the trip.
We took an alternate route back to ILAC, and then traveled into downtown Santiago. It is such a culture shock. Everything is different, the people, the cars, the roads, the stores, and even the time. Nothing goes as planned, we are on Dominican time now!
As I start to immerse myself into this culture, I hope I can be changed for the better, while also changing something here for the better.
Until more adventures come my way…