Day One: Travel
When I got to the airport his afternoon, it seemed liked everyone was tryng to check onto the Sun Wings' flight to Puerto Plata. Well, it only seemed that way. In fact, there were 189 of us on the fligt that would bring us to the Dominican Republic to build six homes in the barrio of Aguas Negras.
The mood was jovial and there was a lot of backslapping among the men and hugs and kisses between the women; and sometimes visa versa. But there wasn't any impatience either, despite the slow-moving line. Alvin Curling, the former MPP and ambassador to the D.R., waited patiently in the long line with a smile on his face and a cheery word for all who greeted him.
Once through security and on to the plane, I heard the cargo doors close and a small cheer went up ... until it was announced there was a small problem and technicians had been called to fix it.
Was this an omen, I wondered? The shape of the week to come? And then the “technicians” stepped on board. Oh no! It was an omen! A good omen! For dressed as airplane “technicians” was James Bazely of Gregor Homes and Dan Gabriele of Marz Homes – the co-chairs for the OHBA Humanitarian Build.
I gotta a feeling that this was going to be a very good week (to paraphrase the Black Eyed Peas).
When our plane touched down in Puerto Plata ahead of schedule (due to a good tail wind), we were greeted by scorching heat and humidity, several tour buses and our very own “beer” truck. There was a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we were off to a good start.
A quick orientation session with Hero Holidays and we were ready to roll ...
Day Two will start early – breakfast and 6:45 and out to Aguas Negras at 8 a.m. I'll report here again tomorrow on the further adventures