We left Sydney Airport on a 10.55 am flight to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, Santiago, Chile. Our journey would take us over the Pacific Ocean to the other side of the globe.
I was traveling in a large group with about 250 Catholic pilgrims from the Parramatta area. We were making our way the World Youth Day which was to be held in Rio De Janeiro from the 23rd-28th of July. We were going to spend a week in Lima, Peru in various mission assignments throughout the city.
The flight was about 12 hours long and what was strange about it was that we arrived in Santiago at 10am that same Saturday; earlier than when we had left.
We came across our first hurdle of the pilgrimage when we found out about our connecting flight which wasn’t leaving for another 10 hours.
It was such a long day but we kept ourselves busy playing rounds of UNO, checking out the duty-free shops and most-importantly experimenting with the airport food. One of the first things I saw was a Dunkin’ Donuts shop right across from where our group were waiting. Being the sweet-tooth that I am I couldn’t resist the urge to try out a few of the goodies available.
Placing my order was quite fun. I could barely speak any Spanish (I knew I should have brushed up on it before-hand) but thanks to sign language and lots of pointing I managed to finally get my hands on an Irish Coffee and two donuts – a Cinnamon Swirl and dulce de leche filled one.
One of the more colourful souvenir shops was called Britt Shop and it sold a range of beanies, scarves, jackets, bags, and purses made from llama wool. There were miniature “Easter Island” heads made from Marble and a blue type of stone, and the typical range of books, magazines and snacks you’d find in any good convenience store.
I took the opportunity to stock up on chocolate and chips to last us the next few hours. We were in for a long day.
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