Okay, so last Thursday I got a ride over to the airport. I was supposed to be there around 1:30 or 2 for the bus to Chiquimula. I arrived closer to 2:00 but I hadn't had lunch and I didn't have money. I found a bank then a place to eat. It took them a long time to prepare my sandwich and I was getting nervous about the time. I finally grabbed my sandwhich and ran out to the arrival area.
There are dozens and dozens of people in the arrival area. Some are trying to sell you stuff. Some are trying to offer you a ride in a taxi. Some people have signs with names. If you even look at a person, they assume they've found the person they are looking for so it's a bit confusing! There was supposed to be a sign saying FWCC. I looked at all the signs but none said FWCC. There were a couple large groups that had arrived as well so there were a lot of people.
My directions said that if I didn't see a sign to look for some type of bus in the loading area. Well I had no idea what sort of buses they were talking about!! There were many buses in the loading area with people getting in - and the buses driving off. Did I miss my bus? Was that one of them just leaving? I don't even know who is picking me up or what anyone looks like! I don't even know how many people are arriving, if they're arriving together, how big the bus is, etc.
I started going around asking random strangers, "FWCC?" One person thought they had seen a sign, but not recently. I started to get really upset as it was about 2:30 and the bus was supposed to have left at 2:00. Surely I had missed it!! I had no idea what to do with myself.
So I'm standing there on the sidewalk trying to collect myself and figure out what to do next and suddenly there is a group of about 6 people surrounding me. I didn't notice it at first because the place was so crowded. Then one of them pointed to the button on my sweater and said, "Only justice brings peace... she's one of ours!" Yay! My group had found me!
That is one of the most wonderful things I've heard! I've been wearing this button for 7 months and have gotten some weird responses to it. All day and night traveling to Guatemala I got some funny looks from people. Some give the thumbs up, but others look concerned or puzzled and one guy looked like he wanted to get into a debate, but then though better of it. So this comment was so wonderful!
We had another 45 minutes to wait for another arrival, then we jumped into the bus and headed for Chiquimula. I think it took us about 3 1/2 hours to get there - through mountains and valleys. The roads were often narrow and steep, with a cliff face on one side and a deep valley on the other. The driver drove at breakneck speeds passing on the downhill and being passed on the uphill. Someone almost got carsick at one point - I'm glad she didn't!