Newberrys Nicaragua Adventure 2015 travel blog


Tuesday Evening 2.24.15. Atlanta, GA. 9:00 pm

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This entry is to try and recapture the events of the last several days as I was not able to keep up with journal over the last several days.

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Saturday 2.21.15

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While the team finished their half day at Rios Proven, the medical team went to Santos Furia mainly for the men working there. Several had made it known that they would like to be seen by the male "Doctor". So while I took care of the guys with the help of Aida, Dr. Melba and Joyce took care of the others that came, mostly women and children. I was both pleased and honored that the leader of the Furia Santos men felt comfortable enough to ask me to address a particular issue with a young teenage man. Another of the guys put his hands together in front of him on the table after the visit and I was told that this was his way of asking me to pray for him before he left. These young men who have done jail time are working at turning their lives around and thus far seem to be doing a good job of it. Part of their work in making cement blocks by hand, tending a mango garden and tilapia fish pond.

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There was a double wedding performed which was kind of fun. We learned that in Nicaragua a person has to be 21 years of age before they can get married.

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Upon completion of clinic we returned to Rios Provee in time for the festival and then providing our "families" with their bag of rice/beans and oil along with 2 bags full of household items. The other team members were generous to Melody and I by providing us with items to give to our family as all of the items we had were with Will and Katie because of being turned around in Mexico.

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From Rios Provee we went to a lagoon where 3 team members and 1 Nica were baptized.

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We returned to the base tired but very happy. Leaving our families was hard however they are forever embedded in our hearts and minds.

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Sunday

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We went to church at a large International English speaking church were one of our team members met her aunt unexpectedly. From the Church we went to Granada, took a boat tour to the island of Monkeys, returned to a very good lunch at a local restaurant over looking the lake. After lunch we went to the Market for just under an hour for some shopping.

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We returned to the base for dinner and a time of sharing the weeks events and then packed for the trip home tomorrow. Melody and I got to bed about midnight and we had to be on the bus to the airport at 4:30 am. The route to the airport had a minor detour as there was an accident on the main way which our driver was warned about from another bus driver.

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The only delay at the Managua airport was our poor counter agent who was not sure what to do about Charlie. I think she came back from checking with her supervisor and getting all the paperwork we had for Charlie.

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When we finished we sailed through security and into the departure lounge. The trip to Atlanta was uneventful and going through Immigration and Customs was a breeze. Our problem ended up being at the gate.

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The flight was over-booked and even though I had boarded the aircraft anticipating Melody to be there. She wasn't. I had gate check her luggage as there was no more room. I'm glad I took mine with me any way. I spoke with the Flight Attendant, gathered everything up and de-planed. Melody was at the counter trying to board the aircraft, but they had over-booked the flight and then closed it which meant we didn't leave Atlanta as planned.

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As there were no other available flights/connections and over a 1,000 flight being cancelled in Dallas we were given a 50% off voucher for a local hotel and rebooked for this morning the 24th. Well that didn't work out either. While at dinner I received a text from Delta informing me that our morning flight today was cancelled and we had been rebooked for an afternoon flight which would get us into Anchorage about 5;30 pm.

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So we got to sleep in a little bit this morning and was at the airport at 10 am for a 1:45 pm departure. Melody sort of slipped getting out of the van and tweaked her knee so we had wheelchair assistance to the Gate area. While in the Gate area Delta reps came around with snacks because the current flight was delayed. I went to the Delta Help area to get our new itinerary and seats. When I returned, Melody noticed that our departure time was different on the tickets from the itinerary. So I went back to check on the difference. It turns out that our plane was on mechanical and was delayed. Assuming that the plane would leave at the new time, we would have landed in Chicago's Midway Airport 1 minute before our plane leaving Chicago left. And as everyone knows, at least in Alaska anyway that when someone says the plane is on mechanical it is airport speak for this plane ain't going anywhere today.

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Back to the Help Desk. After several minutes talking with the reps, I learned that they could get us as far as Chicago but that was it and there was go guarantee for getting out tomorrow. I then asked about leaving tomorrow, the 25th instead. (Keep in mind I am supposed to return to work on the 26th for 5 weeks). Rather than stay in Chicago overnight with an uncertain future I elected to stay another night in Atlanta. We were provided another voucher for another hotel, this one covered the cost of the entire room, and scheduled to leave tomorrow morning at 8:10 am going through Minneapolis and Seattle before getting into Anchorage at 5:30 pm. We are on the 8:10 pm flight to Kenai. In other words I will get to spend about 12 hours at home before turning around on Thursday morning to fly down to Akutan and back to work.

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While not getting home as planned is disappointing, the numerous "small things" that have happened to us has actually extended the joy and blessings we had in Nicaragua. I was able to visit with my cousin last night, we had a really neat visit with 3 ladies in the airport who were returning from a mission trip to Haiti, I learned that you could purchase 5 Cialis 20 mg tablets in the Managua airport without a prescription, having some excellent Mexican and Korean dinners etc.

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For now the trip is over and our lives continue on. It is our prayer that the people we left behind in Nicaragua continue to grow and mature as time goes on and that we do as well.

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