Friday, January 11, 2013

Año Nuevo

Okay, I know it's been a while, and I apologize.  Without having wi-fi at home, I have to depend on cafes and visiting Camilo's mom's apartment to get anything done on here.  And usually when I am at one of these locations, I end up browsing Reddit and participating in mass email chains with my GF's from CPT (where we send numerous funny cat pictures, many of which I find on Reddit).  So blame them ;)

Anyway, there's SO MUCH I want to share with you about my experiences here, but it would take many, many words and posts to accomplish this.  We've been busy.  And not stressful busy - exploring and wanderlusting (I made that word up) busy.  And now we're "weneedtogetour****together" busy; Camilo searching for the job, me getting all my ducks in a row to begin classes at Nueva Lengua.

And I have to admit something.  I find myself worrying that for some reason this isn't going to happen, that I will have to leave.  I still feel as if I'm on vacation - you know, just visiting - and then I remember "Oh yeah, I'm going to be living here a while".  I have been in contact with the school - we visited the facility (muy chevere!), I've finally figured out how long I will be studying there for (24 weeks!) and I know what the process will be and that it should only take about 2 weeks to get my student visa.  So I shouldn't worry.  I know it's going to be okay.

But yet I do worry.  Maybe it's because I'm a Virgo.  I'm not sure.  I guess until I have that visa in my hands, I will be somewhat worried.  And I suppose I just have to live with that for the moment.

It will happen.  And then I will find a job, and in July (hopefully) I will be visiting home/getting my work visa and then I will be doing what I really want to be doing here - working with children.  Camilo has so many amazing friends and family who have offered to put me in touch with contacts they have at NGO's and English-only schools, that I know I will be able to find the right fit.  And I have faith in everything working out because, as I mentioned in a previous post, somehow we always manage to accomplish these crazy, planned-at-the-last-minute goals of ours.

So I know, deep down, everything will be okay.  I just need to ignore that nagging Virgo voice.

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Now that I have all of that off my chest, some pictures from our recent trip to San Gil (I promise to post more pictures from our other adventures soon):

"Año Viejo" - a "dummy" filled with fireworks that you set off on New Year's Eve.  For some reason this one didn't get lit I guess..  (Picture taken in nearby town Barichara)

Pathway in Barichara.  We wanted to get away from all the tourists.

The beautiful Andes.    Extremely breathtaking view.  This picture really does no justice.

Us with Camilo's Abuelita, Ligia, on her 88th birthday.

 The elegant Ligia.  She's such a beautiful woman, and I'm so happy I finally got to meet her.

The "Enchanted Forest" in San Gil's park, Gallineral.

A grasshopper!  

I'm kind of creepy and love to take pictures of children.  These two were playing in Madagascar.

Having fun with Bokeh

El Camino

More Bokeh

A very handsome man I spotted

On the drive home from San Gil

A man loading sugarcane

I also love taking photos of unsuspecting people.  This man was walking on the side of the road.

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Hope you're all having a wonderful start to the new year!!  Much love, peace and happiness to each and every one of you :)



1 comment:

  1. Such awesome pictures...and you know what, I totally get the worrying thing. Whether you're in a different country or in a different state, moving and getting settled and starting a new life is scary. You've already made the biggest step, though: you're THERE. That's the most important thing. It's good you have faith. The rest will fall into place =] I love reading about/seeing your adventures! The Andes are so, so're making me miss South America muchisimo! =]