Sunday, May 6, 2012

Travel Day

One of the benefits of spending nearly twenty hours straight between airports and planes is that it was a group bonding experience! We arrived at the Pittsburgh airport around 1pm and got through security relatively quickly, so we had plenty of time before our scheduled boarding time at 5pm.

Laptops and lunch at the Pittsburgh airport.

We all grabbed a quick lunch and wasted some time on the internet before going to our gate. To our surprise, our plane was incredibly small. After hitting our heads and cramming our legs with limited space, we took off for our two and a half hour flight to Miami, Florida. We safely arrived in Miami around 7:30pm and went as a group to the TGIFriday's at the airport. After many laughs, a few brownie obsessions, and making a few friends at the restaurant, we went to our gate and waited to board our plane headed to Santiago, Chile. We boarded and took off around midnight, trying to get as much sleep as possible on the eight hour flight.

Our plane landed in Santiago, Chile around 7:30am. After going through immigration, baggage claim, and customs, we left the airport a few hours later. We then met Jorge, our trip adviser, and Javier, a student from the Federico Santa María Technical University. Having never traveled abroad by plane before, I didn't really know what to expect from the Santiago airport, but it was very similar to the American airports that I've seen! After going to the ATM and withdrawing some Chilean pesos, we hopped aboard a coach bus and made our voyage to the Hotel America in Viña del Mar.

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