Happy Birthday Sharon

Trip Start Jun 14, 2007
Trip End Aug 04, 2007

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

We had a good night's sleep on the bus. We crossed the border about 3 a.m. and the driver collected our passports to get them stamped. Jim roused himself enough to do that (and will be a world expert on filling out entry forms soon), but the rest of us were barely aware of the stop. The drive took a little over 8 hours which was great for us as we slept nearly the whole time after rejecting the dry sandwiches they offered us on plastic covered styrofoam plates.

With high scattered clouds, the sunrise at 8 a.m. was gorgeous, but the day is rather cloudy. From our 7th floor hotel room we can see the river and what I assume to be downtown. Looking straight down a "feria" is on--street sellers hawking everything from used shoes and earrings to fried "tortas" which appear to be a flat bread that puffs when fried. There's an old unpainted catholic church half a block away and a line of people a block long to get in. I don't know why.

Today is a holiday here, the birthday of Artigas, the father of Uruguay. And I just thought it was my day. (BBC told me I share my birthday with the world's oldest man in Japan who turned 111 today and the world's most famous political prisoner in Burma, whose name escapes me, besides my sister-in-law, Kara--Happy Birthday, Kara!--and my cousin, Beverly, who's probably not reading this, but Happy Birthday, Bev!)

After breakfast and a shower Jim left the hotel to begin his Emmaus seminar at the chapel with the Emmaus workers from various parts. This will go on all day. Being intrepid explorers, well curious and thirsty ones anyway, Christina and I went around the corner to the bus terminal to change some money. To our surprise we found a "shopping" upstairs. This is a full fledged mall. We are currently waiting to be picked up to go there for lunch and then don't know what the plan for us is. We go prepared with books, computers and dutch blitz!
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