FreddyLink team on their way

After a false start yesterday, the FreddyLink team is on their way. We are in the Montreal airport now. We have been rerouted through Guadeloupe to be able to get to Haiti today. We will lose some time on the trip, but at least we will get there after our cancelled flight yesterday.

Montresl airportFreddyLink team for this trip to Haiti in the Montreal airport (left to right: Matt Hogan, Sherry Munn, Bernie Zebarth, Lori Haggerty, Mike Haggerty).

We have a wonderful full schedule and we are looking forward to an amazing week.

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When traveling, details matter

One member of the FreddyLink team for this trip to Haiti is relatively new to traveling. He has had quite an adventure even before the trip really starts, and he is learning just how important the details can be when traveling.

Only a few days before the trip, he was photocopying his passport to have a copy on hand in case it was lost. As he was copying it, someone noticed his passport had expired! Fortunately he was able to arrange a special off-hours visit to the passport office two days before the trip, and now has a brand new passport. Crisis averted. Whew!

He then set an alarm on his phone for this morning so he could be up early for the flight to Haiti. One important detail about phone alarms, is that one needs to set not only the time, but also the date! His alarm did not go off, and the result was that he missed the flight. We were all so downcast, how can he not be on this trip?

But, there is a happy ending to this story. After boarding the airplane, we found out the airplane had mechanical problems and the flight was cancelled. We were originally rebooked to a flight…a week later! Fortunately, a diligent and creative airline agent found a different route and has us rebooked to fly out tomorrow instead.

This time, I think we will ALL be focused on the details and be there on time!

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A tale of two scissors

I decided to put my gifts for my sponsored children into backpacks, thinking the backpacks themselves would be nice gifts. I went ahead and packed all my gifts for each child in their backpacks in advance, so everything would be organized for when I got there. At the last minute, I realized I needed to put two backpacks into my carry-on due to the weight limit for my checked bag.

This was OK until I tried to take the carry-on through security – the scissors I had bought for each child were not allowed! Sadly, I had to give up the two pair of scissors, thinking it was too bad these scissors would not make it to the children.

As it turned out, after we were all loaded on the airplane, our flight was cancelled due to mechanical issues. They sent us all back to the airport, and gave us our luggage back.

Thanks to two wonderful airport staff, I got the scissors back! These scissors may yet make their way into the hands of some wonderful children. Stay tuned, as the tale of two scissors continues! (We also are staying tuned as our flights are not yet rebooked…)

ScissorsThe “rescued” scissors!

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“One sleep” to Haiti

When our children were small, we used to count down “sleeps” to big events. I confess I have been counting down for this up-coming trip to Haiti – now only one more “sleep” until we go!

Every trip we have made to Haiti is a unique and amazing experience. I am sure this trip will be no different. I cannot help but wonder, what will we experience this trip? I look forward with great anticipation!

I invite you to “join” us on this trip by following the FreddyLink blog or following FreddyLink on Facebook.

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