I am overly excited about going to Chile on Wednesday. Time has flown by. Spite me being really behind on everything I am forcing myself to go on this trip. At least the tickets were covered and no hotel expenses, as we are staying with my aunt. But the main reason we are going is because my grandfather isn’t doing the best and really we need to see him before its too late. He’s battling a number of things and he doesn’t know how much time the Lord will grant him. He wants to meet my husband and of course his great grand-daughter. He only has one other great grand kid and she is about to be 16, and Iliana is 2, MASSIVE difference. As sad as the purpose of the trip is, I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and seeing the sights. Good thing I have a bank account over there with some funds or else I dunno how I’d be making this work. I’m not even taking off of work, I am working abroad, which is going to be nuts! I think I can do it, which I am excited about cos it opens the door for so many other travel opportunities once business picks up.
Cleaned house all day today getting myself ready to drive down to Miami on Wednesday morning. Planning to get up by 5-6am and heading down early so we have time to take care of our business before we have to get to the airport at 7pm. At least there will be free internet at the airport and a laptop and iphones to keep us busy. I hope that our late night flight will help keep Iliana pretty calm and sleepy for the 9 hours. If not, I am prepared with chamomile tea just in case. I think she will be very excited to see all the planes and get to experience something new. Last time she boarded a plane she was barely 2 months old. I got her a suitcase and filling it up with her favorite toys, portable DVD player, coloring books and crayons, a doll, some books, and snacks. We are pretty much packed, just have to do another load of laundry Tuesday evening and pack the toiletries and we are set!
Does anyone know what the TSA regulations are for bringing snacks on yourself? I know they make you toss your beverage if you bring it in before the checkpoint, but does anyone know how they feel about granola bars and snack type foods that will be pre packaged, nothing in ziplocks. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I know that in a 9 hour span the airplane can’t have too many kid friendly options, nor do I want to have to spend $5 on 1 granola bar at the airport kiosk.
Was looking at the temperatures for the time we will be there and I can’t believe how crazy it is. Highs of mid to low 70s during the day and then at night low of 40s! How does one even prepare for weather like this?! I feel like I have to pack some shorts just in case and then some heavier coats for the evening time. I was told not to bring sandals as its too cold, but I don’t think 40 is cold enough for boots, not for my feet at least. I guess we shall see when we get there. We land at 7am and have to wait around in the airport for 3 hours to wait for our bus. We have to wait for the New York flight to land so we can be on our way. Can’t beat $15 bus trip to take us an hour and a half out the capital to Valpo. No one really has a car big enough to accommodate all of us so this was just easier. We get into Valpo around lunch time and we are gonna stop and see my mom’s sister first. My cousin Allyson has requested I bring her zebra cakes, of all things in America, that’s what she wants, lol. Little Debbie snacks to the rescue, hope they don’t get all smashed on the ride over :(
I’m gonna ramble a crap ton about Chile till I get there, so if you want to unfollow now, so be it.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Sending love and light to your week :)