Sunday, July 3, 2011

A brief stay in the Bahamas

Finally, a moment to breathe. This has been a whirlwind, since I left home three days ago.

I wrote that sentence on Sunday, and didn't get any further. It's now Tuesday night, and I'm trying again. It has been crazy busy, but things are finally settling down here in Cochabamba. Our journey to Bolivia was disrupted by bad weather in Miami, which caused a number of flights to be delayed or canceled (or in my case, briefly diverted to the Bahamas for refueling before continuing on to land in Miami). So about half the students missed their connections in Miami. In addition, most of us who did arrive on time found that our luggage had not made the connection. Gotta love American Airlines - charged me $200 for excess weight and then couldn't manage to deliver it on time.

But now, on Tuesday, our group is finally all here, and the last suitcase is supposed to arrive tonight. We have a great group of students, and all the projects (in six different sites!) are now underway. I am super busy visiting all the sites, rearranging schedules, managing individual situations, and making sure everything gets off the ground (unlike, ahem, American Airlines). It has been exhausting, but I think I may get a break on Saturday :)

Too tired to upload photos. More to come.


Carolyn S. said...

Glad to hear you all made it, even if it took a few days! (and I thought 24 hours was bad)

amyet said...

Glad you made it safe and sound! I hate to sound like my grandma but if it makes you feel any better, I frequently fly with American and due to how poorly they handle every facet of their company, I've had quite a few bumps with them. If you're willing to stay long enough on their customer service line, they're pretty good with handing out flight vouchers. You guys may want nothing more to do with it at this point but it's worth a shot! One more free trip to the Bahamas?