lunch at La Grace

lunch at La Grace
Orphanage in Kinshasa, Congo


Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 3 And they're off....

After many last minute errands, hugs and kisses we left for the airport. We are carrying 8 bags (280lbs), completely stuffed with medical supplies for the clinic in Kinshasa, clothes and shoes for orphans, and gifts for local family members from the Congolese living in Saint Louis. Our trip is going well but will take longer than the expected 23 hours. Our quick 2 hour direct flight from St Louis to Dulles ended up being 7 hours. New regulations do not allow a plane to sit on the tarmac for over 90 minutes so when the 90 minutes passed we had to return to the gate and start all over. Skip sat next to the official photographer from Camp Woodward….Stephen’s dream skateboarding camp in Woodward, Pennsylvania. He also happened to be the brother of Sayer’s teacher next year. Keary sat next to the president of a non-profit group that serves several villages in Myanamar. We enjoyed sharing stories about serving Burmese people and he passed along many useful contacts/organizations that could be of benefit to our service to orphans in the future. We had a late arrival into IAD but were happy to have some good rest before our morning departure. We were shuttled to the hotel by Carlos, from Lima Peru. We enjoyed exchanging stories with him about our time there and his recommendation of a Peruvian restaurant for dinner (at 9pm) that served amazing “pollo a la brasa.” in Leesburg.

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