Julie’s Trip Home….

“[My flight was scheduled to leave Manila for New York on Saturday since I did not go to Seoul] Emma, [one of our Ubuntu sisters], and her husband came…early Saturday and we made our way slowly to the airport. There were torrential rains during the night and early morning so part of Manila was flooded again [as it had been last month prior to our arrival]. We headed down one street but couldn’t tell how high the water was in the dim light of pre-dawn but Emma’s husband moved slowly. Then we saw that someone was walking through the water over knee deep. He backed down the way we came and took another route. I arrived safely at the airport before 5:00 a.m. to find a long, long line. After 2 ½ hours I reached the ticket counter. In the line I had heard my flight was delayed so I was not worried but concerned about how much time was passing. Anyway, everyone missed their connecting flights and the counter agent was telling me I would be put up in Narita at Delta’s expense. I expressed concern about that since I don’t know anyone in Japan and they offered to let me stay in Manila overnight. A big group of us were directed to a waiting area where we spent another hour before being loaded onto a van to go to [a nearby hotel].  I was… glad to get some food, have a bathroom and be able to rest. Emma kept up with me but I asked her not to come over because she and her group had spent so much time with our event; I know they have other things to do. Still, she called and texted to be sure I was ok. On Sunday, I traveled together with a nun who is president of St. Joseph’s School in Manila and was going to visit her nieces in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. It was nice for both of us to have a companion so it felt less lonely navigating the trip home. I got off at JFK and she went on to FL. A nice perk to all this was that my flight from Narita to JFK was in business class. I don’t know why but it was much more comfortable for those 13 hours. What was not a perk was that I got home about 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and had to get myself together for work on Monday. Monday was a long day. And one of my suitcases looked like someone dragged it through the mud. I’ve cleaned the outside but the contents were wet. On Sunday I spread everything out around the apartment and yesterday was able to put most of it away or in the wash.”

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