Mining, teaching & learning, oh my!

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
Trip End May 19, 2010

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Casa de Adolfo e Angela

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

The ride to Monteria was not at all what we expected. We thought we were going to a bus station for the trip. Instead we piled into a 5 passenger car, luggage on the roof, and stayed like sardines until 2 hours later when we arrived at out “layover” in Barranquilla. Then we switched to a mini van that fits 9 people, luggage on top again, and with a bunch of strangers, all 9 of us headed to Monteria. We arrive about 5 hours later. whew! But we were excited to be there and ended the day cooling off on a open bus tour around the town.

The next day was a relaxation day, so we headed up to Lorica to hangout on the beach with the local Rotary club there. There weren’t many people, but there was music and everyone was dancing as soon as they heard a beat they liked. That evening, we just spent time with our host families.

Next day, we visited Cerra Matosa, the 2nd largest nickle mine in the world. While I’m sure the engineers on the trip enjoyed it more than myself, I learned some stuff about mining. We headed back to Adolfo’s farm on the way home, and I got to go horseback riding for the first time in a while. Fun! But the horse I rode only wanted to run, so my shoulders and upperback were sore the next day from having to reign him in so much.

Our last day there, we visited three colleges in the area. The first school had us meet with some business students for a question and answer time about our professions. I think this was one of the best parts of the day! They were asking all sorts of questions about how retirement works in the States and a couple of the students expressed an interest in an internship. I’m hoping something can work out for them because they had really good questions and were engaged in the conversation the entire time. The other school gave us a cultural concert with both song and dance. LOL it was a blast. The last school gave us a tour of the campus and then took us to the local park along the Rio Sinú.

I really enjoyed my time and my host family in Monteria. It would be nice to stick around a little bit longer, but alas there is more to visit.
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