Tuesday, July 20, 2010

20 de Julio Parade

In honor of Colombia's 200 years of Independence there was a big military parade in Bogota today (3+ hours long!) It went right past our apartments, so we took a wander outside before it began and discovered huge crowds of people.

Looking north on Avenida 68:
 Looking south:
 Patriotic Colombians waiting for the parade to come by:

There were hundreds, maybe thousands just standing on our side of the block. A couple of men standing beside us started to argue about their turf and since I'm not great with crowds anyway, we came inside and saw the heads of the soldiers marching by. Not a great view, but less stressful! 

Unpatriotic tensions:

But lots of extra security guys around (police and military soldiers... just boys mostly!):

The view from our bedroom window:
If you want a glimpse of what the military parade was like you can see a short news clip using this link: http://www.citytv.com.co/videos/120600/apartes-del-desfile-de-las-fuerzas-militares-en-honor-al-bicentenario

Since our corner was the end of the parade route, the street behind our apartment (which we can also see from our windows) was lined with trucks and buses waiting to take the soldiers back to their bases. They just load all the guys standing up in the back of these trucks to transport them. Within an hour of this photo our normally quiet street was full of citizens hurrying to see the parade and soldiers getting into the trucks!

Airforce Show

Colombia's airforce put on a show as part of today's Independence Day celebration. They flew right over where we live, so we went outside and got a good view of the different planes and helicopters as they went over. (For those who know more than me about planes, the news said these were among the aircraft: Mirage, Tucano and OB 10.)
(those are men hanging & waving at us from the copters!)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Simple happenings since we've been back...

In our first week back in Bogota we had fun enjoying the World Cup Final with friends (Julio & Erika and their family). Bill was the only one hoping Netherlands would win! They didn't.

Waiting for a bus last Wednesday we watched the recycler (man with horse and cart who picks up unwanted junk and cardboard) getting a ticket from the police - old tv sets were falling off his cart and causing a traffic jam.

Went textbook shopping for the new semester at the Institute. A young man, Oscar, from our church works at the bookstore warehouse and he was happy to show what was available and in stock this month. (We can only use what happens to be in stock at the time the semester starts - it is frustratingly to not always have the desired books available!)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

CA Trip: STEP Outreach & Family Time

We took a three week break in California ... by the time it was over we had worked and played so hard that when we got back to Bogota we felt like we needed a vacation!!

Team members - from Wisconsin, California, Nebraska, Minnesota & Montana

Classroom - Equipping for Ministry

Practical Experience: Outreach - Kids' Bible Club in Spanish-Speaking Communities

Discipleship Opportunities

Family Time!

We feel blessed to have been a part of STEP 2010 and thankful for the sweet hours spent with loved ones!