Saturday November 5th/Sunday November 6th – Let the Adventure Begin

The eight members of Team BC met at YVR for our 7:00 am gathering. Once bags were tagged and sorted, we boarded our early morning puddle jumper to Seattle. A quick turnaround meant we headed to our new gate in Seattle and we quickly boarded our next flight to Los Angeles and arrived in the City of Angels around 2:00 pm.

Seeing as our flight to Guatemala City wasn’t until midnight, the team took to transit! We pulled our carry on behind us and boarded the big blue bus to Santa Monica which proved the perfect interlude with fresh air, walking and dining. This was a great change from the three airports where we had spent the earlier part of the day. A big shout out to Randy for making the field trip happen! We boarded the bus back to LAX around 9:00 pm and arrived in plenty of time for our midnight flight.

Five hours later, we arrived in Guatemala City. Geoff and Zack were at the airport to pick us up and take us to Casa Doppenberg in El Progreso. After hugs all around to Rita, Luke and Gabe and introducing new participates, BC members took the opportunity to catch up on their sleep and tour the new digs.

Meanwhile, Zack and Fernando had made a second trip back to the capital to pick up team members from Edmonton (Joey, Bethany and Vic) and Ontario (Becky and Matt). Around 5:00 pm more hugs and smiles saw the five new members greet Team BC and the Doppenbergs.

The excitement is palpable! New team members are elated and thrilled to start construction duties tomorrow morning. Looking forward to working indoors with no need for rain wear or rubber boots

Exhausting day of travel
Quick nap at airport

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