Today was the day that we traveled home. We started out at 6am from the Friedenshaus Hotel School at the St. Scholastica College, Manila, where we stayed the last night. We started that early in case there was traffic, but there was none this morning. We made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare. We took off from Manila at 10:55am in the huge double level airplane (Boeing 747) and landed in Narita, Japan at 4:00pm (local time). We had about an hour to get to our gate. We took off at 5:40pm on Saturday and traveled back in time and landed at 1:45pm on Saturday in Minneapolis. During our flights we enjoyed hot meals, refreshments, and free entertainment like movies and music. Some of us read, others watched movies, and the rest of us slept.
I am glad to report that all of us and our luggage made it safely back to the states and back home. It was bittersweet leaving Manila and our new friends, but everyone is happy to be home safe and healthy. I just want to say thank you to everyone involved with this trip. Thank you to Gina for organizing all of the trip. Thank you to the staff and students at Mary Johnston’s College of Nursing for all your help at duty and the friendships we made. We could have never had all the learning experiences and would have never been able to communicate with our patients without you. The skills we learned from you will change the way we look at nursing forever. Thank you to the friends and families that allowed us to go and those that donated to the trip. Last of all, thank you to my classmates who made this trip a blast. We have built many new friendships and share many memories that will last a lifetime.