Peter landed in Bogota last night and the city decided to welcome him with a big bang.
In the form of a car bomb.
While the blast happened earlier in the morning, Peter was still met at the airport by his director -and her driver/bodyguard- and was driven to his hotel/suite in an armored vehicle.
I couldn't help but laugh when he told me all this.
Not that a car bomb is ever a laughing matter... except when I've been spending the last four weeks arguing that no, mom, Bogota really is safe!
Even with this car bomb, I'm not worried or fearful of living in Colombia. It seems to me that if those responsible had wanted to really hurt or kill a large amount of people, they would've set it off in a highly populated location, like a market or outside a church. This bombing was outside of a building housing a radio stations, a newspaper (I think) and the Ecuadorian consulate. Seeing as the government and the media are HEAVILY involved in Colombia, and a new president was sworn in six days ago, this was pretty obviously a political statement against the current government.
I'm anxious to hear about Peter's first day at work today. If I can walk him through using PhotoBooth on his laptop, I'll get him to take some pictures of the super swanky suite he'll be calling home for the next three weeks. It's a two level loft-style suite and looks reeeeeeally nice.
When we talked last night on Skype, he told me that he'll be playing soccer with the embassy team this Saturday. The Canadian Embassy vs the US Embassy. The US team is apparently quite good, having a large pool of employees to choose from, but hopefully he'll still have fun and it will give him the chance to get to know a few more of his co-workers.
However I did remind him that a) he hasn't played for a few years, and b) he'll have only been at that altitude for less than three days*. My guess is that it's not going to be pretty.
*Bogota is at 9,000 ft!