Travel Stories

Tuesday 2-5-19: The little school above the clouds…

Next to the regular surgery schedule a part of our team was venturing out to a little school tucked half way into the mountain range rising steeply up behind Huehuetenango. It is amazing how the landscape, infrastructure and with it, the standard of living changes within only 30 mins of a bumpy ride in a…

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some reflections about feeling welcome …

It is a little bit less obvious to detect than if a kid has come around to trusting you and finally gives you a smile, but those of you who traveled a bit will probably agree: There are times when “attentiveness” is only as skin deep as the surface of a fuzzy peach, because it…

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Earthquake!

10:15 local time our hospital was shaken quite vigorously by an earthquake, 6.4 Richter scale with an epicenter about 50 miles from us in Mexico. While we were all rushing to the outside, our Guatemalean friends were quite relaxed about it “Welcome to Guatemala – welcome to the ring of fire”. Things calmed down soon…

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Things are getting closer, the excitement rises !

So far the 2019 Mission seems to be under a good star: The government shutdown is paused just in time for us all travelling and also winter storm “Jayden” seems to move through the plains plenty ahead of the time for our take-offs – I hope I dont JINXX it by writing those lines. It is…

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IOWA MOST: the final frontier…

… it is the year 2019 and these are the voyages of the starship Enterprise, err, sorry: the IOWA MOST mission 2019. Our continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.   In all seriousness and Startrek aside: Here…

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Assessment Day

The rest of the team arrived in Guatemala City late Friday night but they didn’t rest long. Everybody was up and loaded on the bus to Huehue by 5 a.m. I cannot relay how the 5-hour trek was because this blogger took a Dramamine and doesn’t remember much after that. By noon, we were at…

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A Series of Unfortunate Events, or How Ice in Dallas Delayed Our Plans

Well, nobody said it would be easy.  If you checked in on the blog to see pictures of Guatemalan kiddos who would soon be served by our health care professionals, you’ll have to check back tomorrow. The Iowa contingents arrived at the airports yesterday to find an icy morning in Dallas would mean our connections…

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A Bit of a Delay

Not everything goes as planned and hoped.  Weather related issues have caused a flight cancelation for Iowa travelers going to Dallas.  Everything is pushed back.  There is hope for a better tomorrow.

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