I had planned on a trip to Thailand during Spring Break of this year, but work got in the way. As a result, I figured I would sneak another trip in this summer. This trip then turned into two trips. First, the originally planned trip to Guatemala and Honduras, with their amazing ruins of Tikal and Copan. Then I was invited to participate in a site visit through my college to an institute in Costa Rica, where I might be able to teach some day if all goes well. As it was work that cancelled my original spring trip, it seemed appropriate that it would now add a new destination to my summer plans.

To reach Guatemala City I fly through Houston, where I have a five-and-a-half-hour layover. After three hours I'm going crazy, then notice a flight leaving two hours before mine. I'm able to get on it and cut my layover short, thankfully. On the flight are two pairs of church groups, one in matching red shirts and the other in matching orange shirts, each with a passage from the New Testement on it. I notice that while the leaders of the orange group sit with their flock in coach, the leaders of the red group are sitting in first class. Their group must receive better donations.


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