Today was a sad but happy day, the last day. I am just waiting to board the second flight to get home and see my dog, friends, family, and a clean shower. Today started with us waking up at 7:15 am and getting everything ready for the travels today. We then loaded the car and headed off to the ferry. We loaded the ferry at 9:00 and were off to St. Thomas. Once we got there we got a taxi and went to the airport. When we went to check in and Mrs. Murakami told us that we needed to check into US air and we all were waiting in line and Linda went to check in they told us we were not on a flight for US air and freaked out a little thinking we didn’t have a flight. We soon realized that we were on American airlines and had to go and wait in that line. We then headed to go through customs and security and made it through in good time. We then were sitting waiting for our flight to board and saw these big cameras and realized they were for a celebrity and saw that it was for the show Amazing Race. After a little we saw the other groups getting off a different flight. It was really cool to see this and we all decided that we needed to watch it so we can see if we are in it. We then boarded our flight and were on our way to JFK. We then landed and needed to get food so we decided to get McDonalds. And now we are waiting for our second flight back home.
Overall this trip has been everything I wanted it to be. It makes all the bug bites worth it when you see the kids’ faces light up when they do something right. I was especially happy this year with the fourth graders. They were different kids this year. They were the kids you dread to have last year and this year they were what got me through this trip. And when I left they had told me we will really miss you, thank you for teaching me so much. Not that I didn’t love the older kids, you can just see the excitement on the little kids faces and that lights up your day. I have so many memories during this trip I will hold forever. But always remember don’t have too much gluten.
Today we left from Cinnamon bay at 7:45 to head back to Columbus. Mrs. Murakami drove her car close up to our cabins where we put all of our luggage in. We fit everyone’s big suitcases and some carry on’s in one car. Ms. Murakami drove her and Ryan and everyone else piled into Mrs. Wood’s car to make the drive the ferry. We waited at the ferry dock for a little before boarding it and enjoying the beautiful view to St. Thomas. Once we arrived in St. Thomas we took a taxi to the airport. At the airport we checked in and went through customs and security fairly quickly, so we had plenty of time at the St. Thomas airport to sit down and relax. While at the airport Sam noticed a bunch of cameras lined up in front of a plane that had just landed. We all became curious and walked over to the window to see the plane and saw teams from the show the amazing race sprinting out from the plane followed by crew members and camera men. An hour or so later another plane with people from the amazing race landed, so we got to see it happen twice! It was really cool to see things you have only seen on TV before actually in person. Also, on the plane sitting across the row from Linda and I was a chef that has guest judged on shows like top chef! Today we saw people racing on the amazing race and a celebrity chef. Right now we are sitting in the JFK airport so who knows we could see even more famous people or shows.
Overall, this trip was such a great experience. I learned a lot about myself throughout these two weeks, and although teaching had its challenges the kids really warmed my heart and every day I was excited to go to the school and see all their smiling faces. Also, getting to know the kids on a personal level was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Walking through the hallway and hearing them call my name and run up and give me a hug was so adorable. When I asked some of the older kids if they liked what taught them the majority of them responded yes and said that they liked it a lot better than what they do in their regular computer class. Knowing that they like what they are learning is always good to know because often times kids don’t like school but one boy even said “I look forward to this class every day we have it when you guys are here.” I think overall the impact we made on these kids we will never know, but it will be a big one, and being a part of teaching them was such a wonderful experience for me.