On Wednesday, 34 of our volunteers met at the airport at 5am to begin our journey. We checked in 69 bags total. These contained everything we needed to do the surgeries, all we needed was an OR! Everyone was so excited to get going. 12 hours later we arrived in Guayaquil. Now we had only a bus trip to Cuenca. But it took much longer than anticipated as we went from sea level to 9000′ elevation in the space of 4 hours. We finally arrived at the hotel just after midnight. What a relief! The hotel staff at the Victoria Hotel were so welcoming and so was the bed that we could finally rst on. So ends the first day. Soon the real work begins!
Photo: Loading the truck in Guayaquil