I made it!

Trip Start Jan 09, 2008
Trip End Feb 06, 2008

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Friday, January 11, 2008


I am here, happily, in Costa Rica.  I cant believe it, it has been such a burning desire to come back and so I am very excited.  Yesterday was a little bit stressful... Let me explain.  I was very rushed finishing packing, like always, but made it to the airport, the flights were fine, and flew into Costa Rica.  It was so beautful from the air.  Anyway I get off the plane, and head to baggage claim.  I checked two bags because I didnt feel like dragging them all through the airport.  So Im standing there, so excited to get out of the airport and meet up with my friends outside.  And Im waiting.  And waiting.  An hour later the baggage belt stops and the guy says "finished".  And myself and the other 12 people standing there looked at eachother in disgust and went to the lost baggage counter.  After standing in line for another half hour finally I got everything proccessed.  The problem?  The only tag on my backpack was the sticker they put on it when they check it.  I forgot to put any extra identification on it.  So Im thinking, great, Ill probably never see my bags again.  AND that it was an hour and a half later and my friends probably thought I missed my flight and left.  But Im like whatever, worst case scenario I just tell a taxi driver to take me to Bethel, haha.  So I head outside, with my purse and a small backpack, and look for my friends.  It was 1:45.  I finally find them and they said, wow were glad youre here, we thought you didnt come and said we would leave at 2:00.  Phew.

So I explain what happened and we all thought it was pretty funny and just laughed it off and I said, who cares, Im in Costa Rica.  Ill buy clothes if my bags dont turn up.  Later I called the airline and my "who cares" attitude was fading because they said they didnt know anything about my bags, where they are, or when they will arrive.  The plane I had to change in Miami went on to Aruba so who knew!?  We went to the meeting last night and I went fully dressed in Grethels clothes.  Good thing I had all my shoes AND everything for the meeting and service in my carry ons!

That night I kept calling and no more answers, finally I went to bed in the only clothes I had, the shirt I wore on the plane and a pair of boardshorts.  The next morning my bags turned up and amazingly they both were there at the airport.  Now I guess I can relax.

Today Im enjoying the city, went to the mall with my friend Michelle and tomorrow morning Joel and Roxana are taking me to Nicoya, so thatll be great.  Im so happy to be here!!!  The coffee is SO great.  Yum!

Ill post pictures if I can and send an update from Nicoya.  Saturday were going to the meeting at the group in Nandayure so Im excited to see how they have grown.

Hope all is well in the states,
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kdietl on

get well soon!
Nice to hear from you Amber, sorry you´re sick! I hope you feel better soon... take care and maybe with this I´ll send some sunshine your way :) Love ya girlie!


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