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5 January 2019
    
WE ARE BACK IN SANTIAGO, AKA, PARADISE
  
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Bob and I are among the sweet people - our friends - in Costa Rica. We arrived in San Jose late afternoon December 31 and reached our home away from home late afternoon January 1. The air travel was flawless and on schedule and we breezed through immigration. 

During late summer, we had arranged our air travel to and from Costa Rica out of Washington Dulles International Airport.  We did so to spend some time with our younger son-in-law's mom Claudia, with whom we are very close and whose home is not far from DC. It was all pre-arranged late summer last year.

Subsequently, after 17 years living a single-life, Claudia became engaged. Our wonderful friend married the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Our younger daughter and her husband and children were in attendance. It was a fabulous occasion as Claudia's 94 year old dad and her son presented the bride and our granddaughters stood with the bride, their beloved Nana. You can well imagine, Bob and I were more than ever eager for our December trip to Virginia to hug Claudia and meet her husband.

Thus, we began our winter sojourn on December 28; driving from our home in Rockford, Michigan, to Haymarket, Virginia, where the newlyweds reside. We were greeted with open arms by Claudia and husband Bob. (Based on my personal experience, I hold high expectations of anyone bearing the moniker Bob! I was not disappointed.)

Theirs will be a wonderful union filling their golden years with much joy. You just know it! We enjoyed a few days with the happy couple and look forward to some more when we return to USA on March 29.

In the next few days, we will post about a fabulous museum we visited in DC with the newlyweds. Oh yes, being around two Bob's reduced us to using first and last name initials: Claudia's Bob became BC and mine was BT (which coincidentally was the name of my first pet, a dog! That's another story.)

This initial blog entry is just to get me going on the keyboard sooner rather than later as was the case last year. I thought I'd include some photos of our air travel and our hotel in San Jose. The photos were taken as we were on our final approach. The one photo with the red-line illustrates the road we drive out of San Jose enroute to our ultimate destination, Santiago, south of San Isidro de El General. When Bob is driving, we always take the longer, less scary route along the Pacific Coast. This year, however, one of our friends, Phillip from Santiago, collected us on January 1 in our car to drive us to home away from home. Being an experienced driver in Costa Rica, Phillip is comfortable with the more challenging mountain route - the “mountain of death” - to our destination. The hotel photos are of the Quality Inn in Santa Ana just outside San Jose. It is our preferred lodging upon arrival and departure.

We have lots to share this year and so stand ready for regular postings. It is a new year and I have many tales at the ready and know I will acquire more as the days pass; plus I have the urge to write. Reader beware. Happy New Year!

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” 
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees




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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 9 JANUARY 2019
SHARING OUR DC EXPERIENCE ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


As I mentioned in the first post of our 2019 blog, we explored a museum in DC that was amazing to us. This particular museum was opened November 18, 2017, approximately two blocks from the National Mall, and a must see. Bob and I visited the museum in the company of our Virginia friends Bob and Claudia. Claudia had toured previously with a group and suggested that we might like to visit. She was eager to return and we thought it a great idea. And so, we visited the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.

Saturday, December 29, 2018, the sky in DC was blue sporting wispy clouds and the temps Michigan spring-like. The contrast of the impressive DC Mall and its historical architecture against that sky was inspiring and uplifting. (Inspiring, as long as one did not dwell on the cacophony of political nonsense emanating from the bowels of our Nation's capital. Consider that and all you want to do is go home, shower and become a recluse!) But I digress.


We arrived in the area early enough to avoid crowds thanks to skillful planning on the part of our hosts. It is a plus being in the company of folks familiar with the area. We parked within the perimeter and hopped on the subway system for the short ride to our prime destination, the Museum of the Bible. Fortunately, this particular DC Museum does not rely on Federal Funding. It is supported by members and donors around the globe thus unaffected by the current shutdown.

Upon entering the museum, you realize it requires more than a half-day visit to do justice to the amazing material within its walls. It is an extraordinary and moving experience as one time travels to explore the richness of our history and culture. IN GOD WE TRUST! Hopefully, a sizable majority embrace that phrase.

On our inaugural visit, our self-guided tour began on Floor Four: The History of the Bible. The number of artifacts are mind-blowing and include early New Testament writings, manuscripts gorgeously illuminated, rare Bibles and several global Bible translations. There are beautiful interactive displays. Everything in this section is so well-presented and mesmerizing. On this floor, there is a hush as you move from one section to another. There is a sense of deep reverence. It is spellbinding.

Next we visited Floor Two: The Impact of the Bible. After a walk-about on this floor, it is hard to deny the Bible as the most influential book ever written. The museum's souvenir booklet summarizes Floor Two as follows:  “The Bible has inspired philosophers and philanthropists, scientists and statesmen, artists and authors, musicians and moviemakers. Languages, names, governments, social controversies, sweeping historical movements – all have been shaped by the Bible. The Impact of the Bible Floor explores the many ways the Bible has influenced culture in America and around the world!”  This floor is loaded with excellent displays, nooks, crannies, and kiosks of inspiration shaped by the Bible. It is intriguing.

We did a very quick walk through on Floor Three: Stories of the Bible. Just enough to realize we will carve out more time on our next visit. Fortunately, we return from Costa Rica to the Northern Virginia locale near DC on March 29.  No doubt to larger crowds as it will be cherry blossom time and spring break. Doesn't matter, the Museum of the Bible is well worth a visit any time of the year.

One quick side-bar about our visit to DC. As our little group was walking and in close proximity to the museum, we stopped on a corner for a moment to get our bearings. Other pedestrians were about who seemed like regulars in the capital. One such person, a lady, was breezing by and noted our puzzlement. She asked if she could assist. We chimed that we were looking for the Museum of the Bible and knew we were close, but not positive which way to turn. The woman's demeanor changed in an instant from helpful eagerness to repulsion. She could not move away from us fast enough and as she did so she blurted out, “I don't know anything about that!” It was so disconcerting. Within the blink of an eye, a gentleman approached and asked what we were looking to find. We told him and he pointed the way. Ponder that for awhile. We sure did.

I am placing two links in this post that will take you directly to the museum's website and another link to an article in the Washington Times, November 20, 2017. I cannot imagine any visit to DC being complete without including time in the Museum of the Bible.


https://www.museumofthebible.org/museum/explore

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/20/bible-museum-near-national-mall/


















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