Whew it is hot here! And incredibly dry: the hotel keeps lots of containers around full of water, just to humidify the place. I feel like I’m drinking liters and liters of water and still getting roasted. We had breakfast on the rooftop, which was blazing at 9 am, but still lovely and not quite so hot. Then we toured the city on foot with Tracey’s friend/guide Concepcion, who was excellent. Here are some more photos:
Blessing from a stranger:After a lively chat with some older expat Brits before dinner last night, the Scottish woman (ex-Miss British Airways) said to the girls, "May the world be a kind and generous place for you both, full of wonderful surprises, and may you find happiness wherever you go."
New Quote of the DayTracey to Beth: "Do you want to go to church tomorrow?" Beth: "No, I can't go to church. I don't speak Spanish." Tracey, laughing: "Oh, I didn't know the Holy Spirit was limited to Spanish!"
The Great OceanSi de tus dones y de tus destrucciones, Océano, a mis manos pudiera destinar una medida, una fruta, un fermento, escogería tu resposo distante, las líneas de tu acero, tu extensión vigilada por el aire y la noche, y la energía de tu idioma blanco que destroza y derriba sus columnas en su propia pureza demolida. If of your gifts and your destructions, Ocean, into my hands you could deliver one part, one fruit, one ferment, I would choose your remote repose, your lines of steel, your vastness watched over by the air and night, and the energy of your white language smashing and overturning its own columns in its purifying acts of demolition. Pablo Neruda
Quote of the Day:"Dominate!" This was the mantra of the bike tour. If we weren't bold on the streets of Paris on our goofy-looking bikes, we were going to fall apart as a group. "So just tell those taxis and motorbikes, "No, no, no!" and shake your finger at them as you cut them off and dominate the roadways." I was a little skeptical.... but it worked.
PrayerLife is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. So be swift to love, make haste to be kind, and may God who is beyond our ability to truly know, but who made us, and who loves us, and who travels with us, bless us and keep us in peace.