The Trip Begins

Trip Start Jun 13, 2011
Trip End Jun 30, 2011

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Where I stayed
Garrison Forest School
What I did
Travel to China

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Just before 11:00 pm on Sunday night the 12th of June, I received a call from Andrea Perry informing me that our flight out of Balitmore the next morning had been cancelled.  We were suppose to be leaving at 6:05 out of Baltimore to catch a flight to Chicago.  I had just gone to bed since I was suppose to wake up at 2:30 am. 

Andrea was able to book us out of Reagon National airport at 8:35 Monday morning, but I needed to assist her in notifying the parents that the flight was changing.  The parents would have to bring their children to Washington, D.C. instead of Balitmore.  I quickly called Debbie Oleisky, the other chaperone, and told her the situation.  The three of us started calling students.  It took over an hour to firm up plans to get everyone to D.C. in the morning.  But, we were amazed at the positive attitude and cooperative nature of the parents.  I went to bed after midnight.  

Then, Amanda came home from her trip to Cabo.  She talked to me a little while and showed me some of her things.  She bought me some pretty earrings and a delicious Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory peanut butter cup that I later ate on the flight to Shanghai.
I woke up just prior to 4:00 am, got ready, and arrived to Garrison Forest School around 4:50.  Andrea drove Debbie and I to Reagon National airport, and I left my car at Garrison Forest School.

I was allowed to check one suitcase which could not exceed 50 pounds and 62 linear inches.  Miraculously, my suitcase weighed 50.0 pounds.  Phew...that was close.

We made it through security without an issue, and everyone grabbed some food at either Dunkin Donuts or Auntie Ann's pretzels.  I chose a pretzel and water.  Then, we boarded the plane.  Our plane was 20-30 minutes late taking off, and we only had an hour layover in Chicago.  So, that was a little stressful.  But, it was neat that the flight attendant said over the louspeaker "welcome students from Garrison Forest School who are on their way to China to teach English in an orphanage". 

Once arriving in Chicago, we had to run to get to our next connection which was in an adjacent terminal.  We made it on time and boarded the plane.

The plane ride was about twelve hours.  I spent the time reading, playing with the iPad, watching The Adjustment, and napping.  I sat next to the window which was nice.  Next to me was a girl from Georgetown getting ready to spend five weeks studying business in Shanghai as part of a study abroad program.  She was from Chicago and a sophomore in college.  We exchanged stories about what to expect in China.  She was fun to talk to, and I hope she has a fun experience there. 

I don't think I spent more than two hours sleeping the entire flight.  I wasn't tired, and there were a lot of distractions.
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