3 months and loving it, from sleepy Villa de Leyva
Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
60Trip End Sep 29, 2012
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 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
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.