After xmas and the bull fights

Trip Start Jul 05, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Monday, January 30, 2006

I headed back to the states on January 17, but with no real excuse to be in DC. Bummer! Well, turns out is wasn't such a bummer after all. The purpose of my trip was to travel to SC with the director of the prosecutor's school here in Colombia for an observational trip at our school. After havivng some small talk with her, I made my way to my assigned seat! I had gotten lucky and got and exit isle seat and so far, there was no one in the middle seat. As the time of departure was getting closer I was getting kind of excited at the prospect that no one would be sitting in the seat next to me!!! I was genuinely excited about being in an isle seat and the middle seat being empty! See how uncomplicated my life has become :-) Well that didn't last long. A few minutes before they closed the doors to the plane, I looked up and there was this handsome guy (okay a hottie)walking down the isle and all I could think to myself was well, it wouldn't be so bad if he sat in the middle seat. Well, wouldn't you know it, he places his book on the middle seat and sits right next to me. Of course, you are all thinking, SHE DIDN'T TALK TO HIM, SHE NEVER TALKS TO PEOPLE ON PLANES (okay, Christine, except the flight attendant on the ride to little rock that time).

Anyway, I was busy going through all the paper I had to read before I got to SC and thought he was probably stuck up anyway. We took off and next thing you know, we were chatting up a storm. Len,the hottie, turned out to be a normal, nice guy. The cute factor helped, but overall, he seemed like a cool guy to hang out with. We talked about everything from our families to our significant others, or lack thereof in my case. Either way, I didn't end up reading what I was suppose to read and Len didn't read his book. But, in the end, we both entertained each other and had a fun ride to Atlanta. We parted ways in Atlanta and exchanged emails.

After SC, I took off for Vegas to visit a friend. The weekend was really good. We saw a play, had dinner, went riding in the Nevada mountains and just hung out. Vegas was much nicer than I remembered, but then again I didn't stay in Vegas the whole time. Either way, a nice weekend.

Anyway, I got back to Colombia and I was happy to get home. There was a ton of work to be done during the week, but Friday was an exceptional day. I got the chance to go on another demobilization (see entry #17). Without saying much, I can tell you that this experience was absolutely amazing! This time we weren't only side by side with paras, but we were side by side with ARMED paras. There is so much I want to write here and now, but really shouldn't. I will tell you that I have never been so scared and so excited at the same time in my entire life. We flew over some beautiful parts of Colombia and I can tell you that the air strip we landed on seemed to come out of a mountain. I really believe that if the war in Colombia is ever resolved and peace actually happens, Colombia will be one of the most beautiful and traveled to ecotourism spots in South America and possibly, the world.

After the demob, I went to dinner with my good friend, Adel (Thanks Gemma!). We had thai food and talked about our vacations and promised to be each others valentine if no other prospects arose. I hate valentine's day anyway! Adel and I always have a good time together.

Saturday I drove (yup without my driver) to La Calera which was beautiful. It was sunny and beautiful that day and on the way back I went horseback riding. Then, later that night, I went to an Aussie Independance day with Orlando, my sponsoree, and Ollie, his work buddy. We had a good time and actually ate kangaroo jerky with some Australian wine!

Today, Sunday, Adel and I went to lunch and then went to the opening day of the bullfights (yeah, just like baseball)! I must admit that I was initially horrified by the killing of the bull and the fact that the first bull did a summersault(sp) on his horns. After I got over the violence of the sport, it was really beautiful. The matadors are so talented and the dance of the bulls and the bullfighter is artistic and beautiful. The bad part was that we were sitting on concrete slabs and there were people smoking and drinking out of "botas" (leather pouches in the shape of a boot). The enviorment was cool, but the smoking wasn't. I felt the need to experience the bullfights because it was something that is very popular here and it's seasonal. Since i don't know whether i'll be here next January, I always feel the need to experience everthing when the opportunity arises.

Well, enough for is calling and it's going to be a busy week. I don't really have any pictures, except the ones of the demobilization on Friday and the bullfight on Sunday,so i'll include the appropriate ones.

Miss you all!
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