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¡mas Medellín!

16 Nov

Here are the rest of the photos from the Congreso meeting in Medellín…

The first picture is of their new centro comercial (mall) called Santa Fe, this is just the FOOD COURT!

The large colorful art pieces you will being constructed are their Christmas decorations along the river….I am SO excited to see these all finished and lit up next week!

AND…the last photo you see kind of a blur of green grass…well in the grass the shrubs spell INDIANA!  I was so caught of guard when I saw it that I didn’t get to shoot the picture at the right moment..but the intent was there!  GO HOOSIERS!!!

Enjoy!

 

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El Gancho

16 Nov

SO, a week ago I had to go to the Colombian Customs office to get an extension on my passport for another 30 days.  After visiting this office 3 times already…my patience was wearing thin on when the ACTUAL day was that I was “supposed” to come in for approval, etc.  As it turned out, I was due to come in Nov.4th, the earliest I could come during the 3-day grace period (My passport was due to expire on the 7th).  However, I was booked to attend the XI Congreso Internacional del Colegio Nacional de Bacteriología conference November 4-7, Medellin, Colombia…so we went to the office on the 3rd, praying for a miracle that somehow my sweet Midwest American smile might persuade the man to do my paperwork one day earlier….NOT.

Instead, we were told we could fill out the paper work, and pay the money, but they could not process it all until the next day, and thus I miss out on Medellin.  As we (Michelle and I) are standing at the window, which has only an opening of about 8 inches wide, talking to the agent, all of a sudden out of no where a giant paper clip flings out of the blue and whips Michelle in the face!  Stunned, we all look at one another and kind of giggle…trying to figure out what happened.  As it so happens, another custom agent inside threw the clip at another agent for fun, but missed, and to our luck, it hit Michelle in the face.  Embarrassed, the agent apologizes to her, and asks if there is anything he can do…and without any hesitation, Michelle asks that they process my passport today.  AND THEY DID!  All in all, it was a good day!

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ROSADA

16 Nov

Random Cali photos….Enjoy!

 

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Fundación el Cottolengo del Padre OCampo

13 Nov

My 11th (last) interview was at Fundación el Cottolengo del Padre OCampo.  It is a private nonprofit organization for the elderly, created 45 years ago in Cali. Founded by Father OCampo, here the elderly receive health services such as medicine, dentistry, physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy, nutrition, and recreation.  They are also offered basic housing, feeding, and clothing services.  Presently, the village shelters 400 elderly persons, 90% of them above 60 years old, who have found in this place tranquility, peace, companionship, and most importantly, they created a new family unit. (www.fundacionelcottolengo.com.co)

The staff here was terrific, as were the residents.  This place will forever hold a place in my heart, just like Fundación Vicentina Luisa de Marillac.

Enjoy!

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Thank you for your patience!

28 Oct

Hello friends and family!  I just wanted to apologize for not having any new updates as of late…I have been kidnapped by my final research paper, and have been working diligently on my rough draft for my capstone, which I turned in today! 🙂  I will have more photos and events to share very soon!  In the meantime, check out these awesome cakes I found at a bakery!   Thank you for following, and I hope you are having a great day!

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Best,

Amanda

BigMan Look-a-like Contest!

25 Sep

BigMan is Andres and I´s dog that we rescued from PAWS just over a year ago.  Needless to say, I miss my “babyboy” (and Andres, hehe) VERY much!  As we are driving throughout Cali, I have been spotting similar dogs that look like BigMan, and the owners´have been very kind in letting me take a picture.  Yes, when possible, I stop to take a picture of random dogs, LOL.  Adriana is very helpful in this funny little game, too! 🙂

 The first one I spotted is by the zoo, close to the apartment.  His name is Negro (black in spanish), and he is owned by a cab driver.  The other, Luna (moon in spanish), is owned by a man who has his own flower shop.  I believe Luna is definetly a better match to BigMan, but both are quite cute to say the least!  I have included a picture of BigMan (in the passenger seat) for comparison.  Enjoy!

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Rio Cali

25 Sep

After the cab over heated on the way back from my Spanish class, Juan David and I decided to just walk the rest of the way home, only about 20 minutes – not to mention a killer workout because of all the hills!  Along the way I took these photos to share.  This part of Cali, along the river, is simply gorgeous!

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