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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.




Adriana and me


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


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.


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…


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…


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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