Free Sports, 'Tea Tales' and Staying Put
Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
60Trip End Sep 29, 2012
I went swimming again this morning in the outdoor Olympic sized pool, that’s free, yep free. I felt tired today and I did fewer lengths than the day before, maybe it was because it was early morning that I was not even awake yet
People often ask me what do I write about?, I say personal things, travel stories but my favourite kind of writing is the spontaneous one where something just pops into my head and my fingers cannot stop banging down on the keyboard. Tap, Tap, Tap.
As well as me typing away, there is background noise of some neighbouring houses cleaning dishes, a dog barking, a motorcycle speeding past and traffic far away. From my house I can hear the light whispers of wind chimes dancing in the wind, sounding magical yet relaxing. I also have now realised that not only having a view to inspire me to write is important, but also my environment
I was staying in what can only be called, as a bachelor pad, a 'gringo’ apartment. Gringo is a word used in Latin American countries to denote a foreigner, normally from the USA, it is used often in Medellin affectionately for us tourists but does also have negative connotations.
So back to the apartment, perfect if you are a guy, not so perfect if you are a girl who wants a quiet life when you go home and not party time and constant noise from neighbouring apartments including the church bells bellowing through the apartment at 6.30am every day. I am glad I switched but I do miss the area there. My new area is different and interesting, new cafes, restaurants, bars to explore, new salsa clubs and the wonderful facilities of ‘Estadio’; the Stadium. Daily free aerobic classes at 7am or 7pm, the pool, with classes available too, running, walking, you can hire bicycles to ride along the cycle paths and every day I see many people making full opportunity of these great facilities. I was thinking where can you do this in the UK? Go to do any kind of sport, for free? You can’t. Maybe the Olympic legacy will make sports more available, but I doubt that they will be free. This is one thing Medellin’s government has got very right indeed.
Sometimes travel is about ‘staying put’, taking in one place to enjoy the culture and all it has to offer. I am pleased I get to see another part of Medellin life and have these new experiences.