I look down at my plate of Pad Thai noodles and savor the sweet and spicy aroma snaking up to my nose. I pick up my fork and take up a huge mouthful. I laugh to myself realizing that this will be the last Thai meal I’ll get before leaving for Lebanon for 10 days.
We had arrived at the airport at 12:30 expecting the rest of the team to be there, and my Dad gets a call from Dr. Foster, one of the team members, saying that our flight was delayed and will be leaving at 5:30 instead. So, my parents decided to bring me to a Thai restaurant and eat there until 4:00.
We headed back to the airport and sure enough there was my team! We said our goodbyes to our families and friends that came to see us off.
And note: That picture above is us in our youthful, energized glow…we looked kinda gross coming back/throughout the trip from lack of sleep, blistering Lebanese heat and lotsa jet-lag. Hahaha:D
We flew a short, 30 minute flight to Chicago and had 2 hour layover there at O’Hare. Liz and I split a sandwich and drank fruit smoothies. Feeling tired already, Dawn suggested that we play a game of Dutch Blitz to wake up us all. Nate and Kara joined in on the tournament. And yes, we all got competitive and yelled at each other. Dutch Blitz is intense, ok? 😀 After the layover, we headed to London on an 8 hour flight across the Atlantic and then a 4 hour flight to Beirut. Thankfully, Mike and Dawn had brought some motion sickness medicine and I didn’t puke on the flight! First time in the history of my flying experience, huzzah!
We arrived in Beirut on a Sunday night at about 10:00 PM. We were picked up by Milad, our translator that was assigned to us for a week, and Daoud, director of Heart for Lebanon. They were so welcoming and I had a blast talking to Milad on the way to the place we were staying at. We arrived at the Convent of the Lady at the Well where we would be staying until the end of the week. All of us were too tired to draw any intelligent conclusions from the day during the debriefing time so Nate let us loose to go to bed. Thank goodness. I took the elevator in a blur and dressed for bed, said goodnight and fell asleep to the hum of the air conditioning.