When I met Jennifer, she told me she never traveled outside her country of Colombia. Intrigued as to why as a North American I chose to come back here for a third time, she asked, “What is so special about Colombia?” She listened with a big smile as I spoke about all the things I loved here. The moment I mentioned family values, she quickly wiped the smile off her face.
Here’s Jennifer’s family story: Continue reading
It had been a little over an hour that the five of us went out for a walk in nature. Three of us decided to rest and admire the beauty around us. All of a sudden, as we were sitting under a tree, we heard the other two yelling out at us, “Come here, and hurry! You have to see this, it’s so amazing!”
We ran over to them. When we got there, both had their cameras out, snapping pictures of it from all angles. WOW, it truly was spectacular. The only tree amongst hundreds in acres and acres of land Continue reading
As I write this, I am sitting with a spectacular view of the mountains in Manizales, Colombia. A few weeks ago, something happened that almost changed my being here.
I was supposed to spend 5 days visiting a friend in Morrogacho, Manizales. After the 5 days, I’d be going to Medellin Continue reading
Remember when we were kids, we were taught to always tell the truth and everything would be fine?
At some point, it seemed like this was no longer true. We started hearing a whole different story.
Let me explain. Continue reading
It was the first morning after completing a 3 days trek in the Colca Canyon. Back in my apartment in Arequipa, getting out of bed was ‘mission impossible’. I could hear my muscles saying, “Are you kidding me? You don’t really expect us to move?”
It was just two blocks to the closest massage parlor. So, as I slowly moved my legs, placing one foot at a time on the ground, I pleaded with my muscles, “Please, work with me. I promise just two blocks and I’ll make it up to you.” Continue reading
Two travelers stop at a stand of an artisan street/flea market in South America.
The salesperson approaches traveler #1, “buenas tardes senor, que…”
Without letting him finish his sentence, the first traveler interrupts the salesperson, “yeah, how much for these pants?”
In a heavy Spanish accent, the salesperson answers Continue reading
It was now the second day since I arrived in San Gil, Colombia and time was running out on carrying through with my accommodation plans.
It was suppose to be so simple. Having been here just one year ago for 4 days, from what I remembered, I would have no problem to book 3 nights at the same hostel Continue reading
Have you ever thought, “of course I need to worry about the future, otherwise I will not be able to predict what will happen and prepare for it.”
I have TOTALLY done this many times!
A couple of weeks ago, I met a girl who helped me realize that worrying is a complete waste of time.
She arrived earlier Continue reading
From a very young age, one of the first phrases my parents taught me was “Thank you!” Every time people came to visit and brought me a gift, as I held the gift in my hands getting ready to run off with it, my parents would hold me back reminding me, “What do you say when someone gives you a gift?” Same thing would happen when a relative that we hadn’t seen for a few months would come over and Continue reading
In the past few weeks, this is the story I have shared with all the locals I met in Peru in response to their question, “What was your plan or ‘secret trick’ to avoid failure in making a major leap in your life?”
“Please, God, help me get through this!”
“Please, give me the strength to stay above the water and swim back to shore.” Continue reading