My Tuesday morning class and my evening class wanted a party to celebrate the month of love and friendship and we also decided to wish Hans Badillo goodbye before his mission. We served hot dogs, Colombian style, which they put on cheese, crumbled up potatoe chips, pineapple jam and barbecue sauce. We then played the game "thumper" and laughed and had a really great time. Here are some of the photos from the evening. Angie and Ivan Felipe and Diego and Andrea all enjoying the evening. Alejandra and Angie are both such great young ladies with such strong testimonies. They always add so much for our classes. Ana Lorena and Simon enjoying the Colombian style hotdogs. Evelyn and Natalia from the evening class. I enjoy so much these great young ladies. Diego and Jazlin from my morning class exchanged friendship gifts. This is the month of love and friendship so they chose secret friends and gave out chocolates to each other. What can I say about Guillermo. He is amazing. He runs an online business of exporting computers, watches and telephones from the US and China and then sells them online. Guillermo is one of a kind and we love him. Andres is from my morning class. He is a little older, but he comes to class and desires to learn because he has been a member for less than a year. Camilo is a fantastic guy and he speaks English so well. He really has talent for languages and music. We had to have a picture taken with Hans. Finally after a 4 month wait, Hans will be entering the CCM in Bogota and then fly to Canada for his mission. He never did receive a US visa to go to Provo for the MTC there. We are so excited for him. Jazlin and Simon are from my morning class. Aura gave me this beautiful plant. I just love Aura!
A few weeks ago we were invited by Hermana Beatrice to her small farm near La Mesa. Hermana Beatrice is one of the custodians for the Institute. She is a very sweet lady and was anxious to show us the small farm she had inherited from her father. We got on a bus very early in the morning, then changed to another bus and rode for two hours to her farm. Another family had rented her farm so we could not use her home, but her neighbor was kind enough to prepare a lunch for us that was typical Colombian. We enjoyed the day, but it was an adventure to catch a bus to return to Bogota because it was a festivo day so all the busses returning to Bogota were full. We stood on the edge of the road and tried to wave down each bus that passed. Finally, a bus came by that had only two seats. Sister Beatrice and her grandchildren were able to catch a different ride back with a neighbor who was returning so we took the bus with the two seats. It was really not seats, but a cushion placed between the driver and passenger side and we had to face backwards facing the other people on the bus. Two hours without a back which was really hard driving along mountain roads. Just another adventure!!!! The farm was located in a mountainous region southwest of Bogota and close to the Bogota river. Our lunch was cooked over an outdoor fire in a big pot. The chicken was a little tough, but the neighbors of Beatrice were so kind in sharing with us their chicken, and yucca soup. There was different kinds of fruit on this farm. Hermana Beatrice is digging tubers called a a yuca plant. These pictures show bananas, papaya and a weird fruit that I forgot the name of it. It is really sweet and slimy. It really wasn't my favorite.!