On my way - Again........
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I am on my way. Off to another ecovillage near Popayan. I met someone from there at Llamado de la Montana. Iâ€™ll be there maybe one week before I have to leave the country heading to Ecuador before my visa is up.
I still donâ€™t completely understand why I felt compelled to come to Colombia when now feel I need to move on. What was the reason for coming here? Did I really accomplish anything? I do know that my life has been touched by the people Iâ€™ve met at Aldeafeliz and Nashira and all the others along the way. I also know that I have traveled to one of the countries where there is so much bad media. Colombia has proven to be an amazingly beautiful country with equally amazing people. I feel I have been carried by angels this whole time. Come to think of it, it has been truly a unique experience. At each stop ï¿½" in Medellin, Bogota, Aldeafeliz, Nashira and Cali - there has been people that I have shared so much, connected and have been cared for by them. The Director of this project has insisted I stay in her home, which is quite amazingly beautiful and grand, has made sure that I am chauffeured around and taken care of ï¿½" in each place I have been since I traveled here three months ago, I have been so well received and taken care of.
This past weekend I said goodbye to the ladies of Nashira. In this time I have really become close to many of them and Iâ€™m kinda sad to leave. Many of the ladies want me to come back ï¿½" quite sweet actually. Several said that they were just becoming accustomed to me. Oh yeah, I arrived on Saturday where there was a group of army guys ï¿½" not sure exactly what they were doing there, I understand that the equipment used to build the homes are being guarded as they are funded by the government ï¿½" I think. Not sure exactly, but sure know they were little hotties. Ah, such a hard life I have!
Back to what I was sayingâ€¦.. I hope that I can come back here after traveling a bit. The project is incredibly interesting and I would really like to see these women again and see how things are developing. I kinda feel I have become part of this here ï¿½" as I feel I became part of Aldeafeliz and the urban ag project in Bogota. I feel that there is so much potential here. I have all these ideas and this project is so fresh. In part I was really excited to keep working on it, but also part of me feels I need to move on, learn more, see more. There is a lot out there ï¿½" waiting. I still think that there is potential to do a lot here both with Nashira and with the urban project, but I feel that if I stay here without seeing other opportunities I would be cheating myself out of a lot of experiences and a lot of knowledge.
I am not yet sure my exact plan. I know that I want to stop over in Ecuador and work with RGS for a bit and learn as much as I can from them about seed saving. I think Iâ€™ll still be going to Peru to work on a friendâ€™s property and house near Cusco and maybe meet another friend who is supposed to travel there in April. I somehow feel my new destination is Argentina. Maybe I just pick a destination as far from me as possible as to create a new goal ï¿½" a new obsession. But, in reality there is one project in Santiago, Chile I want to see and maybe work with a bit. I have a friend that has moved there and I would like to see him and I have a friend that is supposed to move to Argentina in May. All this is so incredibly vague. Iâ€™m very nervous about it.
I think that is why I feel I have to go. I have to do what Iâ€™m afraid of. Years ago I dreamed of traveling through South America. I have a friend who told me of her experience traveling alone here. I thought that was the bravest thing I could ever do. For years I dreamed of doing the same. I think this is probably the boldest step I have taken. It started with first coming to one of the most â€˜perceivedâ€™ dangerous countries in South America. This goes to show you that we create our own reality. I chose to seek out beautiful places and projects with beautiful people and that is exactly what I found. Although my Spanish is still horrid, being here at the ecovillage has really pushed me to learn rapidly. Iâ€™m still nervous to travel because of my very bad Spanish, but I feel a lot more confident.
Well, this is it. I begin the journey again on Wednesday. Not sure when I can write next. I will either be in Atlantida if I have access to the internet or Ecuador. Soon saying ciao to Colombia ï¿½" for now anyways.