The following is a journal kept by Dr. Lun Hangfu, as he recorded the rollercoaster experiences from his recent mission to Paraguay and Brazil in July 2010.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
After 10 hours of flight, we arrived at Sao Paulo, Brazil; two hours late, we barely got connected with our next flight to Campo Grande, Brazil. The Tam airline would not honour our Air Canada itinerary and we were charged an additional $2500 CAD for our extra luggage. One saving grace was that all 20 out of 21 members were on this flight. This was a small miracle. The flight to Campo Grande was about 2 hours.
I informed the team and was granted their approval to wait an extra seven hours for our last volunteer to arrive before boarding a seven hours bus ride to Corumba, Brazil, located at a delta of Paraguay River between Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia. I was very happy to see the final volunteer arrive safely. Now: six dentists, one medical doctor, one hygienist, two hygienic students, three dental students, one nursing student, two dental assistants, and five general volunteers, were all present.