Monthly Archives: March 2014

Europe 2014 Day 1

Poverty, Agony, Distress & Want!

Well, I guess you can say we’re on our way…sort of. Let the journey begin!

So we’re here waiting in the airport. We’ve all checked in, did a prayer service and passed through security. I even did an interview on the news…hopefully I sounded okay! Unfortunately, our flight is delayed; there is snow in Toronto and I’m sure the plane is behind schedule there. Hopefully we can get out of Toronto on time tonight and make our connection in Frankfurt okay.

The kids are beyond excited. You can see and feel their anticipation, which is awesome to see. I’m sure this hurry up and wait thing is driving them crazy. It’s driving me crazy. If I we can get to Europe without too many hiccups that would really be great. I’m going to say a little prayer 😉

Bombardier Q400, March 2014. Bombardier Q400, March 2014.

In the air now; we’re roughly an hour…

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Canada’s Battlefields 2014

So here we are. At this time tomorrow we will be on our way to Europe for this fantastic trip. For many of the students, this is the trip of a lifetime; for some, this is their first time on a plane! The excitement is so intense it is palpable.

When we began this process back in September 2012, we were some 550 days away from departure. Now we are down to mere hours. It has been quite the journey for us in the planning process.

This trip is about students “touching” history and experiencing it firsthand. However, it is also about remembrance; students honouring the sacrifice that was made by Canadian soldiers in the two world wars. It is fitting that this year is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II and the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. Marking these important milestones in Europe will certainly add to historical feel of the trip.

Internet connection permitting, we will be posting an account of our adventure on a daily basis. These posts will be re-blogs from Mr. Battistel’s personal site. Make sure you check back every day. Next stop Amsterdam!

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