We taught our final lessons this week in the Institute for this semester. Mark made 7 layer bean dip for his class Thursday night. Just before we closed, one of the girls, Michelle, said she wanted to say something. She told Mark how much she appreciated his class and thanked him for teaching. Then each student stood and expressed their gratitude for the class and for Mark. We love these great "jovenes"!
On Monday, November 15th was another "festivo" day. President and Sister Hacking asked us to go with them to the laguna de Guatavita for the day. Elder and Sister Boulter went with us and we had a great day. The legend of Eldorado comes from this lagoon which is a crater that the Spanish found lots of gold. Some say that there is still much gold in the lagoon but the crater is so deep no-one has found the bottom. We were lucky that it only rained when we finished the climb and we were waiting for the bus to take us back to the parking lot. After, we ate at a little restaurant in Sesquile. Enjoy the pictures!
As I have looked at this blog, I realized that it looks like we are tourists here in Bogota. We have seen some wonderful places here in Colombia, but they do not compare to the experiences that we have had these past two months. I know that we have been taught so much by the students that we teach and have come to know. Last week when we went with Leonard, Katherine and the others to the central part of Bogota, I learned so much from Leonard. He is such a faithful and Christ-like person. When we first got off of the bus in the downtown area, a few beggars come up to us wanting money. Leonard treated each with such kindness as he gave them a few coins from his pocket. One man showed him his sores on his leg and Leonard showed sympathy as he talked about the man's troubles. Later as we were returning another beggar asked for money, but he did not have any coins left. Instead of saying no, he reached into his pocket and gave them the left-over candy that he had bought for us. I was so surprised that they were excited to receive something so small. He also was very protective of Mark and I as we walked down the street, saying that he was our "Body Guard". Truly, Leonard is an example of the kind of young people we meet here in Bogota. We are truly blessed to learn from these great young people.
The central plaza in Bogota has government buildings and the first Catholic cathederal built in Bogota. Leonard and Catherine bought corn to feed the pigeons. We also took pictures inside of the main cathederal.
Monday, November 1 was another festival day so the institute was closed. Two of our students, Katherine and Leonard showed us the sites of the history of Bogota. Katherine's sister Camilla and her friend Faavian along with Angie and Leonard's brother Johnny and his girlfriend Catherine all came along.