21 Jul

Chalk one up for the third world.

I left Ecuador at 9:40 am, Wednesday. I got home at 5:30 am, Thursday. My plane was delayed out of Miami, then we sat on the runway for an hour and a half, then we were in a holding pattern before entering Chicago. I got into Chicago at 11:00, too late for a plane, bus, or rental car (which were sold out).

On the plane, I was sitting next to the only other person to travel from Ecuador to Milwaukee. We teamed up, using her cell phone, to call American Airlines, rental places, etc. After learning that we would be stuck in Chicago until a 1:00 flight the following day, we got an offer from Will to come come pick us up. We accepted.

He got to O’Hare at 3:30. We got to Mom’s house at 5:30. I called Eileen and then slept.

Total time it took to get to Ecuador and back through American Airlines, including delays, layovers, and flight time: 7 days.

And they call this the “developed world.”

21 Jul

and then there was one

Tim and Will both headed out yesterday morning. I got a call from Tim this morning at about 6am saying that he got home safe. But flights were apparently a headache and he literally just got home. He couldn�t get from Chicago to Milwaukee last night because his flight from Miami to Chicago was delayed. So I think he said one of Will�s friends drove him home. So anyway now it�s just me holding down the fort in Ecuador. I leave next week Saturday and I really don�t have that many classes left. I have to teach Friday and then Monday through Wednesday, but Thursday and Friday of next week we just have exams. So I imagine it will be going fast.

All of you in WI should give Tim a big welcome home hug!