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Day 49 - August 11 Flight from Surabaya to Jakarta

Day 49 - August 11 Flight from Surabaya to Jakarta

So today was the last leg of our our loop around Java.  And it was supposed to be a cake walk.  We have ridden trains, boats, taxis, hired strangers to drive us and improvised all over the place.  Today was supposed to be a 75 minute flight to close the loop. But ....

Basically, the flights today out of Surabaya were a mess.  I was told that weather in Jakarta was the culprit but it doesn't really matter.  The challenge for us is when a flight gets cancelled is trying to get information.  The culture is to never give bad news directly to the boss (or seldom to the customer).  So we didn't know the flight was delayed until 20 minutes after boarding was supposed to start.  And we figured that out because our flight vaporized off the electronic notification board. After waiting through a very long line to talk to a customer service rep I was told the flight would take off later.  Maybe at this gate, but maybe at another... sigh....

As has helped us SO MANY times in this trip, we relied upon the kindness of strangers.  After asking several people in the waiting area I located someone that spoke English and could explain to us that 1) The plane would probably board in about another hour and 2) the gate would probably magically shift to another nearby gate.  How he knew this I have no idea (maybe not his first rodeo ...) but he was much more helpful and accurate than the man behind the desk. We boarded the flight but then got to wait on the tarmac for about two more hours before take off.  But we made it just fine and we were happy to be "home" in Jakarta.  (Sherri thought it was funny I actually said that so I added it here.)

The best part of the day was that we got to see Bob and Janis Schmidt one last time before we left.  They inspired us to come try living Internationally for two months.  What we think we have learned is that we CAN live abroad just fine.  We have adapted in many ways to make this happen.  We don't think that we are called to live abroad, at least not in Indonesia at this time. However, we are very excited by some opportunities where we can help in the future. In particular, the day I spent teaching those kids has made a large impact on me.

Thank you all for stopping by the blog today.  Below is a picture of Sarah and I with Bob and Janis.  Take care everyone.     -  The Conners

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Day 50 - August 12 Packing up

Day 48 - August 10 Train to Surabaya

Day 48 - August 10 Train to Surabaya