My Trip and Trepidations
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
15Trip End Sep 25, 2012
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This is exciting, and a little bit scary. I have traveled, but never alone like this, in a foreign country, staying in hotels, seeing sights, having dinners, walking the streets of unknown cities, and exploring on my own. I hope to find it exciting and invigorating.
My journey begins in Seattle, WA, at 4 a.m., meeting up with Rick Daviscourt and his band of little girls who are traveling back to their home in Arequipa, Peru. I met Rick by happenstance. I sat next to his brother, Eric, on a flight from Austin to Seattle, and he spoke of his brother who is a missionary in Peru. He oversees a home for abused or abandoned girls there. I corresponded with Rick, who spends half of the year in Arequipa, and the other half in Pasco, WA with his wife.
He told me about his organization, and I looked at their information for several months, talking with him several times. He informed me that some of the girls had been traveling in the US with another group of children from Liberia as an International Choir, and that he would be escorting them back to Peru in September. I volunteered to help escort them back on their very long journey as the "Mom".
This will be the interesting part of the journey. We will fly to Atlanta. Long layover (with a bunch of little Spanish speaking, tired girls), and then on to Lima, Peru (14 more hours). Then we will stay in college dormitories (fun) in Lima for 2 days so that the girls can sing for dignitaries in the Peruvian government. Then off to Arequipa, where I will stay and visit for a few days (in a $40 a night suite hotel - can't wait to see what that is like), before heading off on my own for 10 days.
As the title says, there are some real trepidations that go along with the excitement. I am delighted to help with taking the girls back, seeing their home, and learning if I can help them in the future. But, this is all new territory for me. I am a little anxious about it as well.
I hope to keep you posted.