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Monday, July 2, 2012

Beautiful Bogota

Here is a picture of Bogota, a city surrounded by mountains. It is a truly beautiful setting and the hospitality of our religious was so overwhelming. The provincial with the superior of the convent where we stayed met us at the airport and stayed with us until we left with the Provincial for the hospital for the late afternoon visit. As Ines is in the critical care corridor of the hospital, only one person may visit at a time and from 11:00 to 12:00 and then from 5:00 to 6:00. Ines was very alert and more concerned about others than herself. What I want to emphasize today is what a great grace it is for me to belong to an international congregation where one feels so welcome and at home when in a strange country. The hospitality of the Society continues to amaze me and I am grateful to all our sisters in Colombia who are so loving and attentive - a tour of the city was arranged on Thursday morning and so I want to show you this beautiful city with gorgeous mountains on all sides. My companion said that she would never complain about the traffic in Miami after seeing the congestion in Bogota. There seem to be hundreds of small, yellow taxis everywhere and usually full of people; then there are many motorcycles to add to the confusion as the cars do not stay in a lane. I usually did not see any markings for lanes and what seemed to be a street with two lanes going in one direction would have three cars in the small space and all three lanes would weave in and out; there are also potholes to be avoided. Often there is a trench dividing the road as the winter brings much rain and I guess all the rain from the mountains flows down into the city. More tomorrow.

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