After almost three months in Colombia and mainly in Bogota, I look back and marvel at the fact, that I have been and still am able to stay in such a huge city for this long time. I am surprised how we have handled and also not handled all the new and unusual new situations and how we have worked with our barriers, which definitely have blew my imagination.
After traveling for a while trough Latin America I thought I was prepared for staying here, but then I often have had the feeling that I am surrounded by the original Spinnerbande, because its so different if you are traveling in this country for a few days, or if you live here with a kind of task and try to be a part of the system, which I would consider to be in need of improvement. You get confronted with some results and conditions as a consequence of a non working politics and a past with civil war and conflicts, which is probably not solved the next years. From this point of view I am happy that my days here are limited.
In the beginning Åsa and I were wondering about so many strange things, we were amused, saw things as miscommunication or searched explanations from ourselves with humor, but if it is and was about serious things like our apartments, the schools, the immigration office or just the everyday activities like purchase things, meetings, times at the doctor and errands, you get stressed, tired and sometimes even disapoited how things work here, or from my point of view not work and to keep your words and be honest is not so popular here – more the opposite. However that is maybe in my case a bit more intense, in terms of my German punctuality and I just feel more comfortable with a regulated process around me. In this connection: We got a gift from the maybe soon to be new director of the Nacional University of Colombia, which is a book written by himself, where he describes exactly these theme, which confirm to me and have helped me to not see myself too pessimistic. Of course I did not read it myself, but Åsa told me.
The last time we left the city was when we used a free weekend to get the morning bus to the region Boyacá and the village Villa de Leyva, in order to travel a bit and flee from this hectically life and see something else. We had good luck with the weather and the place we did choose. We visited there the astronomical festival, the chocolate museum and just enjoyed that nice place and I ate in the Italian restaurant my pasta out of a huge Parmesan wheel – that’s holiday!!!
Back in Bogota again, we got hidden by the message after a MRT-Scan, that Åsa did the week before: She has had a broken foot since three month and do now walk with crutches, what makes the situation a bit difficult. Tomorrow she finally has a new time at a specialist doctor in hospital Santa Fe and we get to know how, when and where we continue the next months and where we will end up.
To summarize I can say, that Colombia is the nicest and most diversified country with the prettiest people right now (what confirm this cliche) and special Bogota is an everyday adventure with some positive and negative surprises and I look forward to, when we will again get a bit more out in the nature and in better weather. I am happy that we got to know some friends, who helped specially me as the Spanish Ass I am in some situations and hopefully I can persuade them to take the trip to Europe some day for visiting us. My phone got a few travel damages, so only Åsa is taking photos, which you can see on her page http://www.everydaydetour.com.
I hope all who read that and friends I did not have contact to during the last time, that you are doing well and I am looking forward to see you and am excited to come back to Europe, to tell what happened, changed, developed and just to see you again. I hope that I will be able to update this blog a bit more often when we leave Bogota, but also keep the focus here, enjoy being in this new places and just enjoy what I am doing at the moment.