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‘I guess miracles do happen’ – Stranded UP man headed back Saturday

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Dec. 5, 2008 at 10:22 am with No Comments »
December 5, 2008 10:22 am

From reporter Brian Everstine:

The retired University Place teacher who has been stuck in Bangkok will be able to return in time for a family holiday celebration that he was once almost sure he would miss.

Dean Rennie, 75, traveled to China this summer to teach English and visited Thailand to look at orphanages that he may volunteer at during a return trip. Shortly before he was scheduled to leave, demonstrators took over Bangkok’s two civilian airports, stranding more than 300,000 travelers, including Rennie. But this week the demonstrations ended, and Rennie has been able to make reservations to fly back.

“I didn’t think it was going to happen this soon, but I guess miracles do happen,” Rennie wrote Thursday in an e-mail from a Bangkok cafe.

Rennie said he was running around the city visiting airline offices to try and find a way home. He was able to book a flight on Asiana Airlines and will be back on Saturday.

“I am thrilled he is going to be home on Saturday for his side of the family Christmas Party,” said Dean’s wife, Robbie Rennie.

You can read The News Tribune’s original report of Rennie’s journey here.

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