Every flight was on time and uneventful, other than a few bumps of turbulence. We were able to see smoking live volcanos as we flew over Guatemala, as well as, the Panama Canal from the air! Fun stuff!
When we arrived in Santa Cruz, Bolivia we had to go through customs. The flight arrived at 12:47 a.m. Monday morning. We woke all of the children out of a dead sleep and carried our 14 HEAVY carry ons off the plane and were the last in a line of about 144 people. Paula would not stop crying. Thankfully, some of the people in front of us insisted that because we were traveling with small children we should take this other line that the flight crew went through that had not one person in it. It was like getting in the "fast pass" line at Disneyland! We were so blessed, as it knocked at least two hours off our waiting time! After customs we had to wait for six hours for our next flight in the Santa Cruz airport. All they had were some metal seats to wait/rest in. Hmm not very conducive to a good nights rest... I got the idea of making beds for the children on the luggage.
|First Memories in Santa Cruz!|
|"Ahh, this feels great"|
|Hard, but Comfy!|
It worked out great and all of the younger children slept like babies until it was time to wake them up for our last flight! Rudi stayed up to keep an eye on us and the luggage. Being the friendly guy that he is, he had some nice chats with several different people. One lady he met owned a bakery/coffee shop in Santa Cruz and had taught CEF!!! I thought that was pretty amazing!
After four flights totaling approximately 14 hours and 24 hours worth of layover time we arrived in Cochabamaba at nine Monday morning! We were met by Jennifer and crew with four cars to haul all of us and our 600+ pounds of luggage to Vico & Elena's house where we will be staying until we get our house
set up this week. What a blessing to arrive at some amazing guest quarters. We have two bathrooms and four bedrooms at our disposal. Vico & Elena have made us feel most welcome and are settling us in and showing us around.
Thank you for praying for us. We are encouraged and excited for what the future holds here for us!