Saturday, July 21, 2007
Safely Here, Getting Settled
I'm glad to say that we made it here to Valle Hermoso safely and without any problems at all. The flight for me from Detroit to Dallas went smoothly, and I met up with the rest of the group there without any trouble at all. From there we flew on to McAllen, Texas. That flight, too was smooth, without any major disturbances and not much turbulence.
In McAllen, we met up with the Mikrut family at the airport and had supper at Whataburger, before driving down here. At the border crossing, each vehicle gets either a green light (go ahead) or a red light (stop and have all your papers looked at, all your bags checked, get delayed, etc). The bad news is that all three of our vehicles, two 15-passenger vans and a SUV hauling the trailer of baggage, got the red light. God worked a miracle, though. We told the border agent that we were all in a group (or something to that effect), and he just waved us on through! Thank to everyone praying for a smooth border crossing. It really did help!
Once we got across, we drove down here to Villa Hermoso, where we got settled in our hotel/motel. This evening we drove down to the center square of Villa Hermoso to get ice cream and look around town. Now most of us are getting ready for bed, resting up for a big first day tomorrow. One thing I observed is that, as we were driving back from the center square, one person commented on how rich Americans were. I thought it was great that people were already realizing that. As I have said, everyone should visit a foreign country like this and see how the real world lives. It's very different than what most people in this group have experienced in the United States.
On a lighter note, I am very excited to be here, back in Mexico. It feels a lot like coming back home. I hadn't realized how much I missed the country. And the driving. Especially the driving. It's much more interesting than in the States!
Picture 1: On the airplane from the Twin Cities to Dallas.
Picture 2: Completely filling up the tiny ice cream shop this evening.
Picture 3: A selection of just some of the ice cream we had to choose from. As a side note, this is the only picture of these that I actually took. All the rest are from either Laurie or Mark Wulff. More of mine will be posted, starting tomorrow.