Departure from Zambia and arrival home

Lusaka airport - leaving Zambia with mixed emotions

Lusaka airport – leaving Zambia with mixed emotions

We landed in Amsterdam at about 10am, most of us having slept through most of the flight since it was overnight. Found our gate and we had about an hour to wander before it was time to get back on the plane for the flight to Chicago.

Amsterdam - a short wait

Amsterdam – a short wait

Another uneventful flight, and we landed in Chicago, and had a surprisingly quick exit through customs and our baggage arrived fairly quickly also. Our travel agent had a person waiting for us to take us to our chartered bus back to Lafayette.   So – we said good bye to Mel as she was leaving us in Chicago, met Jill’s parents who surprised her at the airport, and then found that there were three people wanting to get on our bus as they had missed their limo due to their baggage being lost en route from Finland. Turned out it was the visiting scholar in Dave Ertmer’s lab, and after checking with our travel agent and determining it was OK for them to travel with us, they got on the bus also.

On the Lafayette Limo bus for the final leg of our journey home

On the Lafayette Limo bus for the final leg of our journey home

The last leg of our long journey home….   We reached the Purdue union a few minutes before 7:00pm to find several families waiting to welcome us all home! Elizabeth’s parents and Jessica’s mother were there as also my husband and son. A really nice gesture from my husband – as each person stepped off the bus he handed them a rose saying “welcome back”!

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Welcome back!

Welcome back!

One final group photo and a “Go Team Zambia” and we dispersed.

Final group photo - until our last class on Tuesday!

Final group photo – until our last class on Tuesday!

We will meet again on Tuesday for our final class session and de-briefing….

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sibks
    Jun 03, 2013 @ 12:14:34

    Roses! What a lovely welcome home. Glad to see you all back!

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  2. Mel Chua
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 04:03:26

    Now I’m the one reading blog posts to catch up on what happened! Glad to see you all made it safely back to Purdue, and looking forward to seeing everyone in a few hours — I’m packing my car for the trip back to Indiana and will start driving after a brief nap. (Amusement note: after picking me up from the airport, my cousins took me to a buffet for a late lunch — so you can see where I got the appetite from.)

    Thank you for having me along on this fantastic trip. I don’t yet know how it’ll echo through my life in the weeks and months and years to come, but I know for sure that it will.

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  3. Natalya Kaganovich
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 21:09:53

    What a sweet gesture from your husband, Lata! Welcome back:)

    Reply

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