Just have a little faith
Trip Start Jul 20, 2010
25Trip End Dec 14, 2010
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The National Botanical Gardens:
On Friday afternoon I decided that I wanted to see the National Botanical Gardens because I had been hearing so much about it. So I had managed to get a group of friends together and make a day trip out of it. Since everyone lived in different areas of the city we had to meet at one of the metro(subway) and then go from there
We walked through the front gate and it felt like I was beginning to walk through a series of Thomas Kinkade's photos. The air smelt so sweet and maybe for the first time I could tell what flowers tasted like. It seemed to me that the outside noise hit an invisible barrier and couldn't break through it. All I could hear was the birds chirping, I know that was so cheesy but its the only way I could describe it, or better yet I will let the photos speak for themselves. At first we were wondering how we were going to pass the time before the park/garden closed but the time passed by itself just fine, and way to fast I may add. This place is only a 20 minute micro ride away and I definitely plan to go back again.
With the directions from several of my friends through my study abroad program I thought I would make it my way to the dunes and everyone I went to the gardens with yesterday wanted to join
When my friend Iraimi saw the side station to rend boards to ride down the dunes she ran over there so fast it was obvious we were going to use them. We payed 1$ to use them for a half an hour, I chose to use a sit down sled because the dunes were so high up. They were so steep it took me half the time to walk up them. I felt like I was in a desert for a moment, even though the ocean was on the other side of the mound of sand I had to climb, just because my foot sank in the sand with every step, talk about a workout! Once I made it to the top I had to take a minute to sit down and first take a deep breath but then just soak in the view. If I looked straight ahead all I could see was the ocean and if I looked down the dunes overlapped into themselves.
Since I didn't have a lot of time left, I had to snap out of my trance and get sledding! It turned more into my going fast for a few seconds, getting scared, turning off my sled, then laughing at myself. After my short-burst of adrenaline it was time for us to turn in our sleds. With our ears, eyes, mouth and hair full of sand(thanks to the wind) we went onto Concon.
Along side the dunes was a street with one lane going in one direction and one lane going the other
*I wasn't able to get pictures because my camera was not working but as soon as I get them from my friend I will put them up. That being said, when I got home I was trying to get my camera to work and trying things I could see progress but still no dice. Then I went to ask my host dad what I should do and he told me to leave it out for a day or two just in case there is moisture that needs to dry out. And then he said, "just have a little faith"(but of coarse in Spanish) and went on his way. I couldn't agree with him more. If somehow my camera has to rest in peace I am not in the middle of nowhere, I can always get another(but I hope I can still avoid this all together if possible.) After he left I just thought to myself that this is so simple but yet one of the hardest things to do. A little faith can go a long ways.....