Home Again

Sunday, September 25, 2016

My flights from Guam went as planned and I arrived in Buffalo at 11:50 pm on Saturday night. The 11 1/2 hour flight from Tokyo to Chicago seemed to go on forever. I slept a couple of times and I woke up each time thinking I had slept for several hours, only to find out that it had been about 20 minutes. I felt a sense of relief, when we finally arrived in Chicago. After clearing customs in Chicago, I had a 6 hour layover before my final flight to Buffalo.

When I exited the Buffalo airport, it was 15 C ( 60 F ) and after all of the hot weather I had experienced the last 3 weeks, it seemed quite cool to me.

My brother and sister picked me up at the airport and I finally arrived at home by 1 am on Sunday morning, 37 hours after I had arrived at the Saipan airport. I unpacked my luggage, took a shower and quickly fell asleep afterwards.

It was a long trip to Saipan, the weather was very hot and humid and the work was hard, but I feel privileged to have been able to go there and help rebuild some homes. It was an interesting experience and I enjoyed working on the houses, learning about the area and getting to know the people.

I am not sure what my next adventure will be, but for now, I just want to relax a bit.

7 thoughts on “Home Again

  1. Welcome home….and there you were this Sunday after your very long air flight sitting at the sound board at Orchard Park Church. The energize bunny….Now take some time out and rest.

  2. Glad to hear you had a safe trip home.
    Enjoy some much deserved rest…or enjoy getting back to work on some of your projects.

  3. Thank you again, Ralf for blogging about the details of work and fun in Saipan. It was all very detailed and nice to keep up with the daily activities. It’s great to have Daniel home and he has had many good stories and pics to show us!! So glad you made it home as well! Daniel and I both say, come see us anytime!! Blessings, Karen

    1. I was glad I took the time to journal my time in Saipan. It helps me to remember what I experienced.
      I am glad that everyone made it home safely. I enjoyed working with Daniel and I am glad that I had the opportunity to get to know him.
      I used to stop by Cabot, Arkansas each year to visit a couple that I know there. With all of my travels, I haven’t been out that way but I will try to make it down there next year.
      You are welcome to stay at my house, if you ever come to the Niagara Falls area.

  4. Thank you Ralf for sharing your interesting blog with us. I enjoyed reading it every day. You make me feel proud to be your cousin.
    There is no place like home especially after a long trip.
    Catinha

    1. You’re very welcome. I’m glad you could follow along and catch a glimpse at what it was like to be there.
      You are absolutely correct. Although a tropical island seems like it would be ideal, there’s no place like home.

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