First Stop: Medical Brigade to Guatemala!

First Stop: Medical Brigade to Guatemala!

Monday, May 24, 2010

DAY 1: Traveling to Guatemala

All 29 of us were headed out of Indianapolis to embark on a journey of our lives. There were 3 medical doctors (one brought his wife), 1 dentist, 2 pharmacists, 1 nurse, 1 faculty member, 1 Timmy Headquarters executive director/translator, and 19 Butler students. The first day is always hard because there is so much travel involved. We had a 2 hour flight from Indy to Dallas and had a 3.5 hour layover (where I spent my time with a friend who used to live in Elkhart) then off to Guatemala City on a 3 hour flight. Upon arrival, all of us crammed into 2 vans that could seat 14 people (including the driver) very uncomfortably! We were headed to a city (Antigua) nearly 1 hour away from the airport to stay for the first night. That night we all ate at a nearby restaurant and I enjoyed some great pescada with limonada (tilapia w/ a lemonade drink)--it was o sooo good! Because there wasn't enough rooms available for the whole group, we got split up into two different hotels. I unfortunately had to stay at the "reject hotel" with 7 other gals. Our hotel was cute-but nothing fancy by any means. We accessed our room by going onto the balcony-slightly interesting. Living in Guatemala was a little hard to get used to. 1-we couldn't flush our toilet paper, 2-we had to brush our teeth with bottled water, 3-took a trickling lukewarm shower, 4-slept with no air conditioning, 5-laid on a pillow that felt like a mound of rocks. Despite all of this, I was happy that I had finally made it to Guatemala to start embracing the culture while helping those in need.

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