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Dear family and friends,
All good things come to an end. I concluded what ended up being six months of volunteering work with street kids in Medellin, Colombia on 19 April 2012. Before writing you this last blog post entry from a retreat in Brasilia, Brazil, I needed a few days to properly process my experience.
I'm really happy to share with you that my decision to do volunteering work with street kids in Colombia seems to have ...
... thinking of the 60s was as forward thinking as short sighted:
First, despite the enormous space occupied, the city developed so fast that soon found it impossible to host the amounts of people that this new capital attracted. So, today 200,000 people live in the enormous and real-estate-frozen Brasilia, but more than 2 million live in the jam packed satellite cities.
Second, the city was designed so traffic could flow so well ...
... YES I could join but they would drive through Northern Argentina, exactly after my Salar trip, so I could easily hop over the border and meet up with them in Salta, Argentina, which I did. Crazy how easy this worked out!
- This gave me a ride of, hold on to your keyboards.... 3500 km!
- By the way, the fact that I met Eduardo and Daniel is also very lucky, they were only in Sucre for 1 night, and just exactly that evening I planned the CS bar meetup.
... t fork out for 2 more expensive nights so we packed up and headed off for what we thought would be an easy to find posada. We were wrong. Over 2 hours later we were taken pity on by a young guy who could speak English only to be told that Posadas were made illegal in Brasilia and were all closed down...only a few sneaky ones remained and he showed us the whereabouts of the nearest one. If we could walk another step we would have left but after 2 hours in ...
... some places that looked like favelas, down streets crammed with prostitutes (one street was only lady boys and was probably the only time Wagner, the driver, and I spoke and laughed - I was shattered and my Portuguese is still horrific). We then headed onto the beaches and along the coast. It was a pretty unforgettable journey and arriving into Jericoacoara at 5am, just before sunrise, was beautiful. I wasn´t able to raise anyone ...
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