Monday, July 16, 2007

A Colorful Capital

Today we started our seminar on the eleventh floor of a downtown building. Before beginning, we ascended one more story to the terrace, to enjoy the view. There are great views throughout the mountainous city and what I love most is looking out the window and seeing a different display of color each time. There are bright yellow taxis, sea green and bright blue buses, buildings in a variety of reds, pinks, greens, yellows, blues, whites, and modern glass – plus the greens of the forested hills and the city parks, the white mists and clouds, and the blue sky. The people seem insignificant, small pieces scattered across a majestic set.

I’m also surprised by the number of American chains – from McDonalds to KFC to Tony Romas to Baskin Robbins to Martinizing Dry Cleaners – that have set up shop here.

This evening we ate at a place called Pim’s, located on the edge of the city, near a giant angel statue. We looked out over a landscape of twinkling yellow lights and stone churches illuminated by a soft white or purplish glow. We’d endured a day of cheap, tasteless food, so it was a treat to have some quality cuisine over such a spectacular outlook.

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