“It is…recorded in the blessed Gospel: Travel ye throughout the world and call ye the people to the Kingdom of God. Now this is the time that you may arise and perform this most great service and become the cause of the guidance of innumerable souls.” — `Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 4
It’s late in the afternoon (October 12) and taxi drivers at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport are competing for travelers. Multiple offers to assist came with monetary expectations which was a fun and welcoming participation especially knowing that you are contributing financially to their monthly income (the average monthly income is about $450 US Dollars and cost of living is between $1,000 and $3,000 US Dollars).
Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme was a Chilean independence leader who with Jose de San Martin, freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. He is considered to be one of Chile’s founding fathers. He has a fascinating story, to read more please click here.
O’Higgins is widely commemorated today, both in Chile and beyond. One of the administrative regions of Chile was named Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region in his honour, as were other placenames such as the village of Villa O’Higgins. The main thoroughfare of the Chilean capital, Santiago, is Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins. The photos here are of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park.
Cerro Santo Lucia is at the east end of downtown Santiago and consists of stairways, a castle, fountain, beautiful vegetation with lots of visitors and lovers. It was originally called Huelén by the Mapuches. The city of Santiago was founded on February 12, 1541 by Pedro de Valdivia, the spanish conquistador.
The city is notorious for muggings so if you must go out at night make sure to secure your handbags and never go alone.
The hotels were nestled in this vicinity and close to the Movistar Arena where Baha’is from all over the world gathered to participate in the dedication of the new Bahá’í House of Worship in Peñalolén.
“Teachers must continually travel to all parts of the continent, nay, rather, to all parts of the world, but they must travel like `Abdu’l-Bahá, who journeyed throughout the cities of America. He was sanctified and free from every attachment and in the utmost severance.” — `Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 53