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.
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.
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”!
One final group photo and a “Go Team Zambia” and we dispersed.
We will meet again on Tuesday for our final class session and de-briefing….