|From the President’s Desk:I love sunsets! And, Albuquerque has some of the best. But, take a look here at the sunset taken on the Zambezi River, separating Zambia from Zimbabwe, and just above Victoria Falls:
Some of us were able to recently visit our newest sister city (Lusaka, Zambia) and had a chance to enjoy the splendor of the country.The indigenous people call the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” or “The Smoke That Thunders.” You can hear the roar and see the water vapor from miles away. The best time to see the Falls is during the peak rainy months (Feb— May). But, if looking for a combined tour of great Falls viewing and photo Safari adventure, June and July are the best. And, this was the time that our Lusaka co-chair Patrick Mapalo told us we must visit.What a visit it was too! (See the Summer 2015 Newsletter for the full story and color photos, downloadable from this website).But, the most important benefit of a great trip are the friendships made along the way. This can be accomplished in many ways, but being invited into someone’s home for a time of food and fellowship—well that’s the real “Smoke that thunders.” For when we return home, those memories, smiles, discussions continue to resonant in our souls.If you are interested in being part of an organization which treasures such friendships on five continents around the world, I invite you to join us today, and begin the adventure!Richard Buckler, President
- Plan to attend our Annual Meeting June 5 to celebrate 50 years of “sisterhood” with Sasebo, Japan. See Calendar for details.
- Zambia Extravaganza, April 16. Free to public. See calendar for more details.
- Join the youth from several countries including those from some of our sister cities at 6 PM on May 5, 2016 at the West Convention Center for International Night. For more information see www.roboquerque.org.
- Signup by April 20 for our August trip to Alburquerque, Spain and the unveiling of Frederico Vigil’s fresco painted at their City Hall.
The Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation wants to recognize the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for its generous support each October for visiting delegations from Albuquerque’s official sister cities. This generosity truly promotes Albuquerque as an international destination.
2016 delegations came from Helmstedt, Germany, and from Hualien/Taitung County, Taiwan.
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