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The First Day

June 18, 2012
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Day One

Group leaving from RDU

Group leaving from RDU

Team R.A.P.S just arrived at Raleigh International Airport. The team is super excited about the trip. In the first 20 minutes of getting together we examined each others packing and talked about what they packed for the trip. Sweet Doni baked delicious and healthy muffins for each of us.  The energy level is positive and optimistic.  The check-in lady commented on what a fun group we are!  Everyone cleared security without a hitch, so we had plenty of time to sit at our gate, providing time for our first group activity: creating UV bead necklaces, which will turn colors in the sunlight.  We received a wonderful send off from Sonja’s daughter with her Alpaca doll and stylish attire.

—Team R.A.P.S.

Participant´s child shares her toy alpaca with group

Participant´s child shares her toy alpaca with group

We’re in Miami!  We actually arrived early, despite our unanimous decision (minus Kim and MaryAnn) to take the $500 voucher in exchange for our seats on the overbooked flight.  As we await our flight 4 hours from now, we take over the outlets to write to you…

Our flight was officially awesome.  We flew on a brand new 737.  Imagine… Flip down TV’s, an elated pilot who thanked us from the bottom of his heart, and enough time to learn a few key words in Spanish.  Really the flight was just normal and safe, with a noticeably bumpy runway.  Unfortunately, there weren’t any Horatio sightings or Kardashian entourages.  But our crew from NC Museum of Natural Sciences is turning some heads with our outdoor fashion gear.

We’re building up our excitement as we near Quito by sharing our intentions to be actively engaged, present during the experience, and making connections with each other and our foreign friends.  Tonight we’ll meet our trip leaders, Monica, Adalberto, Miguel, and Luis, who already have plans for us.  Hopefully, their plans include a map to the hotel and some Ecuadorian music.

—Team Tr1plet$

Talk about the inside scoop:  we have met a wonderful young woman from Quito who has given us pointers on where to go to see the most awesome sights, what not to eat (pork and pork products), areas for tourists to avoid (not on our planned agenda), and confirming that our itinerary is set to take us to “amazing” places!  We are feeling welcomed – as if we already have met a friend.  We are looking forward to all the other new friends we will make once we land in Ecuador.

Wendy and Rachel hard at work creating part of this first blog entry.

Wendy and Rachel hard at work creating part of this first blog entry.

Though we plan to arrive nearing midnight in Quito, we look forward to other team work – taking physical measurements with a “Kestrel,” a nifty device that will give elevation, wind speed, humidity, temperature, and the like – and completing a page or two in a group journal.

Adventure awaits, and our group is excited to begin our expedition throughout Ecuador!  We know that many new sights, sounds, and tastes await us.  So, let the journey begin!

—The Alpaca Dames

We arrived safe and sound at our hotel after midnight eager to see Quito in the light of day.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Middle Creek Elementary School permalink
    June 19, 2012 11:17 am

    What kind of musical instruments do they have in Ecuador? Electric Guitars?

    • June 22, 2012 12:38 pm

      Guitar, violins, flutes, pan pipes, drums, and other percussion instruments.

  2. lizbaird permalink
    June 19, 2012 12:42 pm

    Sounds as if you have had a delightful first day, and am I reading correctly that everyone got a $500 voucher? wow! if this keeps up you might have a trip that pays for itself!

  3. June 19, 2012 3:58 pm

    Looks like you all are having fun already! Can’t wait to hear more.

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