Polska Pack–Beginning Thoughts

How do you take 13 days worth of life changing moments and put them into words and express all of what happened? 

Well here’s my first installment as an attempt to do just that. 

Travel Days 1-3 and Krakow, Poland

Before we even left Knoxville, our group had already missed all of its flights heading to Poland.  The plane that was supposed to start our journey was over 4 hours delayed.  The students were great at keeping busy and found many ways to do it.  Mike spent over 8 hours in lines between all the airports rebooking our tickets.  Every single airport they had to rebook our group of 22!! on the next flight out.  It was a nightmare to say the least but it kept him busy and we know a few things to do better next time.

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We arrived in Germany and were able to send 14 of our team members onto Poland.  “The back 8” as we called ourselves ended up spending the night in Germany to catch our flights out in the morning.  We had to leave 2 of our students in Germany to catch a direct flight to Krakow (they waited for over 6 hours for their flight) while 6 of us traveled to Munich and then back to Krakow.  Talk about some faith!

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We were challenged from the beginning to accept what little we had with us and to make the most of every opportunity. 

Saturday, July 21, we finally all arrived in Poland and met up with the rest of our team.  I was disappointed that while we were in Germany, the front 14 had the opporutnity to go see the Salt Mines (a “must see thing” in Krakow).  But we arrived none the less and all of our students (save 1) had their luggage.  You can read her story here.  And she got it the next day ribbon and all.

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These pictures were taken in the “old city” at before and after our supper meal of Polish food.  Mike was not impressed with the food and I could have made a better choice for sure but overall not terrible!

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