After 26 hours travel with 20 of that spent in the air, we have arrived!
The picture above is of me, Kendra, and Brenda Mallory at the Alexandria airport waiting to leave. We would never post one here of how we looked when we arrived. :-)
Pastor Art and Sister Linda Martinez met us at the airport and delivered us safely to our hotel where we finally stretched out (for the first time in 2 nights.) It was wonderful.
Today has been spent simply trying to get our "Philippine legs." We have shopped for gifts for people we will see here, bought a few groceries (Kendra was mesmerized by the grocery cart--pic coming), and simply just sat and stared blankly.
We are in Makati--the central part of Manila--and it is beautiful. Each time I come here, I see how this city is becoming more and more westernized. The grocery store was a real eye opener. So much of the food was western junk food! (However, there WAS the fresh seafood aisle--pic coming later.)
It reminds me once more of how we are becoming so universally alike, especially in the larger cities around the world. Starbucks, McDonalds, Bubba Gumps, Chili's, Hard Rock Cafe...Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Crabtree and Evelyn...phone cards, wireless computer access, electronic everything everywhere...
it's great for travelers who love convenience, but it also makes me a bit sad that so much individual national culture is being erased as the entire world slowly evolves into one global community.
The rest of today and tonight will be spent recuperating.
Tomorrow we plan to be in the chapel service of ACTS Bible School.
If Kendra ever wakes up, she's going to write a few of her observations here as well....:-)