By gregebersole

January 2, 2014

Category: Travel

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My New Year’s Day was spent in Buga with my friend, Liceth, and her mother. We left Cali about 9:30 a.m. by bus to the Cali terminal, then took a direct bus to Buga. It was about an hour trip. Buga is small and beautiful. It is famous for it’s church called the Basilica del Señor de los Milagros, which houses an image of Christ called el Señor de los Milagros (“the Lord of the Miracles”). Buga is one of the oldest cities in Colombia; founded in 1555 under the order of the Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar and known as Buga la Real (“the Royal Buga” ) or La Ciudad Señora (“the Lady City”). It was the home of many wealthy families coming from Spain and settling in the New World. We made it to the noon mass. It was packed with people. Many go there and pray for miracles. The church was so large that there were many television screens in various locations projecting a closer view of the priest and others involved in the mass, so people could see easily. At the end, holy water was sprinkled on everyone who went up to the front. After the mass, we went to a restaurant and had a great lunch of chicken and pork, rice and beans, salad, juice and a soup of chicken and potato. Later we walked around the town, including a visit to the park which had many large iguanas meandering around or climbing the trees. In the photo, my friend, Liceth, is photographed with an iguana walking in front of her. It was a nice day and a good start to the New Year, spent with my best friend in Cali. We arrived back in our town of Cali about 6:30 p.m.


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