So when we looked on-line and saw that it only takes 35,000 Alaskan miles to go to Colombia we thought we could not pass it up. And the best part--we get to celebrate the college graduation of our "unofficial" daughter Laura Maria Orozco Garcia. For those who didn't know, Laura came into our life after we returned to the states and decided we wanted to learn Spanish. As avid Craigslist user (where we found our house, car and job), we turned to the language exchange section
. It was there that we saw Laura's posting, "looking for twenty-something female to exchange language lessons--I teach you Spanish and you teach me English". Needless to say, we didn't fit the bill but we took a chance and emailed her. "We are a fifty-something couple that would like to learn Spanish and have been told by our daughter's friends that we are ok to hang out with" Long story short, we meet, made bold attempts to learn Spanish and she made brilliant progress with English. At which point we decided to scrap our poor attempts and instead unofficially adopt her as our daughter since our "real" daughter was away at college and no longer appeared for Sunday night dinners.
So we are off to celebrate, Colombia style, and will post along the way...
Sandy and Chris
Well, it's been a while since we last posted a blog entry. In fact its been since August 2006! Since that time we returned to Seattle, bought a car, found a job (or two) bought a house and married off a daughter. In the span of 5 years we have also made it down to Mexico a few times and spent long weeks windsurfing in Hood River. But, we have not thrown our backpacks together and hit the road to the unknown since that life changing trip in 2005.