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We'll have been here a week by the time we leave on Tuesday, and it's
been fabulous to find time with so many old friends - including the
unexpected bonus of being parked near Jan & Steve - who are close
friends who now live in Arizona!!
Tomorrow, we're going to the Mill City Museum with Fran - should be another fun ...
... time with these 3 lovely ladies was like the hot fudge on a sundae!
We pulled in mid afternoon, picked up my Aunt and zipped over to my cousin's house where we chilled out with a cold drink and catching up. We were lucky to be there for part of Shavuot (a Jewish holiday celebrating the receiving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai 3,300 years ago) and that my family graciously included us in their celebration. We lit candles ...
... just how large the museum is and realized I'd better hurry up. About that time a tour entered the gallery I was in. The docent was quite good so I joined the tour. The tour seemed to be intended to give you a broad overview of their collection and we wandered through many of the galleries.
At the end of the tour I found myself in the European section. Rather ...
... the outdoor sculpture and see the building.
The original building was designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes. It doesn't stand out next to the recent museum expansion done by Herzog & de Meuron Architekten, the same firm that designed the Beijing National Stadium that was seen by millions during the last Olympics. The outside of the HdM portion is covered in metal with irregularly shaped windows ...
... I can't wait, both to see my old mate and a new part of Colombia, with different problems and risks.
It occurred to me that this weekend will represent the first physical contact (as it were; we are not that close) with anyone from my life back home for nearly 5 months. It often all feels like a bit of a dream to be honest, even more so with what's just cropped up in the US. I miss everyone back home a lot, I'm just not quite ready to wake up ...
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