Post from 7-5-2012
Well tomorrow is our first round of tests—both written and oral—and most of us are dreading it, as all students do for the first one with a new instructor. It might not be so bad IF we weren’t making another historical visit again this afternoon, and we didn’t have to create the PPT and “memorize” what we were going to/want to say (in Spanish) and study for the multiple segments on the written portion. Should I continue to complain? NO, because we’ll (all) get through it and have a greater understanding of where we need to be and what we need to do to get there!
National park in Cartago, Costa Rica
But let me tell you about our trip to the historic capital of Costa Rica. It is a town/valley called Cartago. It has a rich history not only in the political arena, but also in the cultural and religious segments as well. We visited the site where the Catholic Church attempted to build the Basilica Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles—until several earthquakes, along with the proposed roof, which was unable to be installed safely—forced a change in location. This new spot is a short walk from the original, but there is a significant history about this (“new”) particular location and a religious walking pilgrimage culminating on August 2 (see provided link - some participants WALK for a week or more to arrive on time from across Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua!).
Basilica Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles
One important aspect about the original site that was not mentioned in this article though—and that is the creation of peace doves—designed by the children of Costa Rica, (children or professionally?) painted to comply with their (children’s) plan and placed in this national historic site—the park attached to and including the abandoned church where families, musicians, and tourists intermingle.
(I’m not a fan of Wiki, but this one is reasonable.)
— Dawn Clayton