We were able to talk with Elder Hobson while he was at the airport. It was great to talk with him and hear more details of his MTC experience. I think his experience (and the effect it had on him) is summed up in the last thing I asked him - "How will we know you have arrive safely in Portugal?" -
"Dad, I hope to be able to email you when I arrive. If not, just know that I am in The Lord's hands."