When we confirmed our tickets for this venture less than a week ago, it crossed my mind that we could bring a few things down for the orphanage and "wouldn't that be great?" I had no idea how great.
Okay, we may have gone a couple pounds over in each bag - and how do you measure a duffel bag, really? But the folks at the United counter were happy to offer their support for the kids as well. Or they wanted to be finished dealing with us. Either way, check in was successful.
We've completed our first of three flights and are now enjoying time in a very nice United Club Lounge, courtesy two free lounge passes (thanks to our United Mileage card). These lounges make 6+ hour layovers something to look forward to, rather than dread. The joy of escaping the chaos of a crowded international terminal for the comfort of cushioned chairs, business centers, high-speed internet, gourmet snacks and drinks, and fancy hot showers (I could go on) cannot be overstated.
Boarding announcements continue to sound in this international lounge with tempting destinations departing to locations around the world, many of which we'd naturally love to explore. And yet, there's nowhere on earth either of us would rather be heading right now. We're so thankful for this opportunity and for the generosity many of you extended to allow this trip to be such a blessing to the orphanage, materially, and so much more.
Our next flight is set to depart at midnight for Bogota, Columbia and we'll arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador around 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. At that point, we'll be looking for a good strong driver to help us get our massive bags to the bus station, or take us straight to the beach (a 2-3 hour drive away). We've seriously broken our firm "don't pack more than you can carry" rule, so that part could be fun. Our first stop will be the orphanage, sometime tomorrow afternoon. I can't wait.