Despite some curious looks and inquiries from the customs officials over our bag of 4000 'condones' and 160 pregnancy tests, our team and supplies made it through customs and out of the airport! The 13 students traveling from the US and 4 traveling from Guatemala arrived within thirty minutes of each other, and we traveled to together to our hotel.
After getting settled in for the night, we planned our next day's activities over pizza and icebreakers. We also had the opportunity to listen to the (officially!) fourth year medical students recount their clinical encounters over the past year of hospital rounds. It was an awesome preview for the rising second second year students in the group!
Tomorrow morning, we leave for the southeastern part of the country. After lunch in Choluteca, we will continue on to El Corpus where we will eat dinner with our host families and continue reviewing our 'charlas' (public health talks) that will be given later in the week.
Our group has had great energy since 4 am this morning, and we are grateful for rest and time for preparation after a long day of travel.
Stay tuned for updates!