Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The Journey Begins
Our long convoluted journey to Tokyo ended in midnight arrival and collapsed exhaustion. It started with a 3:30am get up in Lynden. Bria and David accompanied our small caravan to the Vancouver BC airport, as they returned our vehicles to Lynden. A morning flight brought us to Los Angeles at about noon. We met Markus and Steph for our next leg. Steph was feeling a little better from her stomach ailment, but was clearly suffering. After a four hour layover it was on to a twelve hour flight to Japan. Ada and Ruby did great considering the length of the flight. We were all exhausted from trying to sleep in a cramped airplane seat. Calvin and Sassa were at Narita to welcome us to Japan at about 8 o'clock. Our last task of the trip was to drag nine exhausted bodies and eleven bags of luggage through trains and train stations for two hours. After 28 hours of traveling, we were ready for some sleep. We are housed at two locations: Markus, Steph, Esther and I are sleeping in Calvin's apartment; and Ellen, Calvin, Bjorn, Jenny and the girls are staying at the church's guest house. Pastor Rich and wife Candice are generous hosts.