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Oh Happy Days

True happiness does exist...

This past weekend I went with my 2 best Colombian buddies and partners in crime (Ximena and Adriana) to Minca.

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Ximena

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Adriana and me

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If you remember, Minca is a small mountain village about 40 minutes from Santa Marta. We arrived on Saturday morning and organized moto-taxis to take us to this one village school, high in La Sierra Nevada ( I think about 1000m). Ximena and Adriana have a personal interest in it to see what can be done to improve the quality of the school for the kids. The ride up on the back of a motorbike was exhausting! I think walking up could’ve been easier. The path is rocky, muddy and for one hour I had to brace myself from slamming into the driver or falling off the back! Often I could feel the bike slip a bit too much and I could easily imagine myself covered in mud, with a bike on top of me… The view of Santa Marta from the school and the bay was beautiful! Going back down wasn’t any easier…

The school

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We found a place with spare hammocks for the three of us and went to find food! We had a great lunch and finished it off with a coffee and the best brownie in all of Minca and Santa Marta. We then chilled by the river below the restaurant.

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Later in the afternoon some other friends joined us and we hung out at the hostel we were staying at. It gets a bit chilly at night and I was so cozy in my hammock. I miss snuggling! In Santa Marta I just snuggle with sweat and mosquitoes…

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I slept pretty well and woke up early in the morning with a magnificent view of Santa Marta below with the sky a beautiful pink and purple which coloured the mountains the same. Ximena and Adriana are like me and don’t like to waste a beautiful day sleeping, so we took an early walk to Pozo Azul (Blue pond) which is about a 45 minutes’ walk up. It was basically empty of the Sunday morning crowds and we had the place to ourselves. What a perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday morning: in great company, eating a juicy and messy papaya, beautiful noisy cascades behind us, surrounded by hundreds of year old trees and a clear blue sky above…

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We got super hungry after a while and returned to the village in search of food. (It seems we are always looking for food, no? :)) We found “Fresh Baking” and thought what could be better? Apart from the eggs and freshly made bread, we indulged in fresh lemon muffins and this choco-café-cream-mousse tart….hmmmm! When you go to Minca- you EAT!! But it’s totally ok, because all you do in Minca is walk up and down hills; so it’s all about keeping your sugar levels balanced, no?….

Teaching is going well. Last week was a pretty hectic week; the kids were just terrible and by Friday my throat was hoarse from shouting at them (I do get a small power trip when I shout and they all stop what they are doing and look a bit worried, hahaha!) I’ve been told that my normal speaking voice has gotten louder… By the end of the year I won’t need a cellphone, or least the avocado man who zooms past my house will be able to hear me shouting at him from my balcony to wait a minute please because I want to buy some avo’s.

On Friday I went out for supper with some good friends (isn’t it just lovely to be in the company of great, humourous people?) and my state of mind was just incredible: I was so extraordinarily happy and these days I think I am experiencing what “pure joy”, “pure delight in life” o algo asi. It’s amazing: to feel so happy I want to explode so everyone can feel what I’m feeling. This is what it must feel like when you know 100% that where you are is exactly the place you have been searching for your whole life… :-)

Posted by piratejax 07:55 Archived in Colombia

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