15 Jul A Long Travel Day – Day One
The first day of our trip was a long travel day. For most of us it started before 6am. We all journeyed from our respective locations to Newark airport. Everyone had arrived by 10:20am and we began the check-in process. It was fairly painless and we quickly checked our luggage and passed through security. After finding our gate the team made it’s way to the food court for lunch. Shortly thereafter our flight boarded and we were off. We made two stops. The first was in Miami, where we switched from United to Copa Airlines. We didn’t think there would be food on either of the next flights, so we quickly grabbed dinner. We were slightly late arriving to Miami so we took everything to go and carried it onto the next plane. Surprise! Our flight to Panama City included a meal. We were a well-fed team at two dinners each! This second flight arrived in Panama City 40 minutes late, so we hustled to our connecting gate, where we quickly boarded the plane for Guatemala. With any changeover that fast, losing luggage is always a concern. We were relieved when Emily looked out her window and saw our ministry bins making their way up the conveyor belt into the belly of the plane. Our final flight was smooth and we landed in Guatemala City on time. After deplaning, we passed through immigration, retrieved our bags, and passed through a final customs checkpoint. Everyone made it through with no problems. Our missionaries, Dave and Debbie Amsler, were ready and waiting for us. The bus pulled up, we loaded our luggage, and got on board. We traveled 45 minutes through the mountains to Antigua, where we were housed for the night. We arrived around midnight, Guatemala time. That means it was 2am back home. It was a long day of travel, but we were safe and everything worked out as planned.