We had not even left LAX yet and the mission to Shanghai was aborted due to a typhoon, the largest one in 35 years or so. We were rerouted through Hong Kong then on to Kunming, where the team meets Wednesday morning before heading to Wenshan. All total, it will take three days of travel to get to Wenshan; four if you count the day lost chasing the sun across the Pacific Ocean. Rule one for an Operation Smile volunteer, don’t commit to a mission unless you like the adventure of travel. You live by the- expect-the-unexpected-rule when you’re destination is the edge of the middle of nowhere.
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