The Capital, and lots of Gold

Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Bogotá rates as one of the most pleasant Latin American cities we've visited - more spacious, clean and a little less frenetic. Yet again, even in the city, the friendliness of Colombians shines through.

The Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) is fantastic. From gold masks, spindles, bells, wooden cylinders for printing, figurines, and body ornamention. My favourite is a tiny stylized gold shark - one of the photos included with this entry.

We have a special dinner to celebrate and commiserate our last night in Colombia, South America, and the end of our adventure. Tomorrow we'll be flying to familiar Madrid!

They're mixed feelings that leave us wondering whether to laugh or cry:

In one way we're happy to be "going back to normality". Towards the end of the trip with a departure date fast approaching, it's difficult to live as carefree or "in the moment". Thoughts necessarily turn to making post-trip plans, ensuring remaining time is used efficiently, and worrying that your luck has been too good to hold out!

In another way, we're also sad to leave. Our routine has paradoxically become one of non-routine.  It's a way of life and a culture that has become familiar yet retained its newness.We've become addicted to the daily challenge of new people, places and situations. This is why I think travel is one of the greatest teachers. Not just because you're seeing new places, people and culture. It's because you're learning how to cope with and adapt to continuously changing circumstances.
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