Well, we made it.  The first day of travel was long and tiring, but we have safely arrived in Bolivia!  Here is a quick summary of day one of our Compassion trip:

After meeting at Woodlands around 1:30 am on Thursday, March 23, the team boarded a bus, and headed for the Windy City.  After being dropped of at  O'Hare around 6 am, (Props to our amazing bus drivers who then turned around and headed back to church!) we began the process of checking bags, going through security and finding some breakfast.

After a few long lines, and some slight misadventures, we met up with their Compassion leaders, Andrew and Marty, and attempted to shoot a group photo with everyone in it.  However, unfortunately, a few were missed.

At 9 am, we boarded our first flight to Panama City, Panama.

The flight went well (no one got sick), and around 2:30 we arrived safely in Panama City, where there was an hour layover before hopping on the plane bound for Bolivia!

The team arrived safely in Santa Cruz, Bolivia at 10 pm.  Despite the rough landing - some claim to have experienced worse, but others are still unconvinced - and a few less-than-ideally-healthy teammates, at around eleven the shuttles arrived and the team members began the interesting drive to the Sun Hotel in Santa Cruz.

After such a long day of travel, and very little sleep, most crashed into bed immediately.  Praise the Lord for safe travels and relatively healthy bodies!


Hosta la proxima vas,

(Until next time)

The Bolivia Team Bloggers (Dylan Shifflett and Elizabeth Smith).

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