3 months and loving it, from sleepy Villa de Leyva

Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2012

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Three month's today I have been travelling, also my Mum's birthday and I'm sat at a Mirador (view point) looking over, yet again another wonderful but different place in Colombia.

I see nestled in the valley of hills, the orange terracotta tiled roofs of Villa de Leyva a very well preserved colonial town easily reachable from Bogota.  I can also see the large open space of the main plaza. The weather is mild, maybe twenty five degrees with a slight breeze here on the hillside. A hawk flies over circling for it's prey. You cannot see the sun, but I can feel it's warmth on my skin. The clouds are big and puffy, lined up neatly shaping the sky above Villa de Leyva. Behind me and all around are the 'Colombian Highlands', green hills go on as far as I can see. I read in the English Bogota newspaper, you can choose your weather for the weekend here in Colombia. I had.

I was getting cold in Bogota, sunny days followed by cold afternoons, and even colder nights. This meant we resorted to making make-shift hot water bottles from re-using coke bottles, getting the temperature just right to not shrink it too much.

This is a great place for a rest bite. Time for me to reflect, get back in touch with home, read my last Larsson book so I won't have to carry it any longer and write and ponder a little. Not too much though or I'll be in danger of forgetting how wonderful this trip is.

It's also been quite a while since I've been alone. I was travelling and hanging out with some great people from when I was back on the caribean coast of Colombia, in Taganga all the way until I left Bogota for here. Saying goodbye each time was a little hard, but what I learnt from each traveller is priceless. I picked up a bit of improved photography skills, how to do 'dormitory chat', I learnt a lot about Israeli politics and history, as well as a lot about myself. I learnt how to chop vegetables the pretty way like a kitchen sous chef, made arepas - they are actually easy, tried lots of new fruits and vegetables I hadn't heard of before and how to improvise in cooking in hostals when all you have is the kitchen hob to cook from. I also saw places and did things I might not have tried from going along with other's suggestions. I also think I am improving my patience and ability to share. Hepburn once said, that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Someone, very smart and wise, told me before I left, that my trip will change my life forever. He was right. I am already changing personally and I feel differently about some parts of my life, but even more passionate about other parts. It's like they are being studied in detail closely with a magnifying glass with the distance away from my normal routine. This time is for me, to rest, re-charge, enjoy, laugh, smile and love. I am so happy that I am doing all of these things and more.

There is something about Colombia that's picked me up and hugged me and not let me go. It's kept me longer. I think it might be sad when I have to leave. Until then here's to three more weeks in Colombia and to my next three months discovering the world.
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greekcypriot on

Charlotte I am just wondering...You are already on your third month and you have 3 more months to go as you say. Do you have to stop travelling and return to your old job? Is there a possibility that you exted this trip at all? I enjoy your writing and it feels as if I am out there with you. It seems to me as if it was a month ago that you set out on this trip....so if 3 months have already gone so quickly..... I would want you to keep going on. lol
Keep well and enjoy what you are already doing.

charlotte on

Sorry if I confused, but it was meant as expression ' here's to another three more months', in fact my budget should last for total of 10 months or roughly a year till November 2012. Not going back anytime soon and yes time is really flying by, I agree with you.

Carole on

Nice little insight into your thoughts, and very nicely written. Your writing style has changed as you have been travelling. It has gone from being the excited kid on Christmas eve, to the open eyed, hungry adult, keen to learn as much as possible and make every minute last.

I enjoy your updates, lots.

Shyam on

Nice read Charlotte! Are you going to Ecuador and Peru next? Then maybe will run into you some where. Cheers from Ipiales, near the Ecuador border!

aborder on

So happy to read this blog and what travelling has been doing for you!! I bet your face must hurt from constantly smiling!! may that continue!

charlotte on

Thanks for all the lovely comments. This was from the heart and yes my wrinkles are already showing from too much smiling and laughing!

I will be heading to Lima, Peru next direct from Colombia on 22nd of April through to Cusco around 2nd of May, then my plan is to head south to Bolivia.

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