This little journey coming to an end.....

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View of Manizales. Trip with friend for her cousin's quinceneria

Well. Looks like homegirl just can't stand still. I don't know what I'm doing.... Moving around the globe... Just moving..

Anyhoo. I've been loving life in Bogota ...for about four months. I can't entirely say that it was impossible to get a visa. I can say that I, as well as the company, weren't being very aggressive. Guess cuz I wasn't sure what I really wanted. I love Colombia and Bogota is probably one of the most awesome cities I have lived in and traveled to. There is little lack of things to do... The people are awesome, a little cold compared to Colombians in other parts of the country. My philosophy is not to return to the same country twice - so I say... Second time back in Colombia. By far my favorite place in S.A. I have made some great friends.

Manizales. So nice to get away from Bogota for the weekend.
Touching the tip of the iceberg as to the friends I could make and the level of spanish I wish to achieve. I absolutely love this country, it's people, the beautiful landscape. There are parts I have yet to see and so much I want to know and experience.

Not sure where my next journey will lead to. How I wish I knew. Someone once said ¨We make plans and God laughs¨. So I won't make plans to far ahead. However, what I do know is that I am flying out to Panama City on the 31st and will be landing sometime in the late afternoon in which I think that I will be meet by someone I met through Couch Surfing. There is supposed to be a Halloween - 2nd Annual Zombie March in Panama City. I think I will be going with him to some Halloween party... Totally not sure.

Is this what a quinceneria is supposed to look like?
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Not sure how much time I'll spend in Panama. There is a permaculture farm in Boca del Toros I want to visit. Not sure if I'll make it there or not. But kinda think I will. From there I plan to go to or through Costa Rica. A couple of options for organic farms there to stay at for a while. My real destination in Nicaragua. I am due to arrive on a permaculture farm in Nic by Dec 1st and am thinking of staying until Feb or March. My old permie teacher will be teaching a course in C.R. mid-Feb to mid-March. Want to visit a couple of surrounding countries, but really depends on how much money I will be blowing....

That leads me to the second phase of whatever... By mid-March I expect to be completely wipped out of cash in which I will or may go back to stateside and re-group, work on a permaculture project that an Orlando friend invited me to work on... From there,,,,, who the hell knows. I will just see if I make it to Panama....

I am leaving the option open for coming back here again. Not ruling any possibilities out....

Until Panama!

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Reserve Park outside Manizales with Gloria and her mother.
Seems I have been trying to get settled in for a long time. I have found a job and have been teaching English for almost a month now. Was very nervous at first, but fell naturally into teaching and actually quite enjoy it. Right now I am working with an company that has contracts with international companies to teach their employees English. This is a big thing here as most companies, whether they actually have an institute or not, will send their teachers offsite to give classes. There are tons of international companies here and the ESL market is huge. The only problem is that when living in Bogota, trying to get people to speak with you in Spanish is a challenge. Everyone and their mother wants to practice their English.
What I really came to Manizales for. The famous Colombia architect made the replica here. The first, wining international competitions, is in Germany.
At the moment, the company is not giving me enough hours and I am beginning to seek out private students. They pay better anyways.

The visa remains an issue. Still trying to work out something to stay here permanently. Feel all is going to be ok, but still can't help freaking out about it.

Although I have only been in Bogota for less than two months. I am now embarking on my third room. I first found a room in an area called Chapinero Alto. I loved the area and it was in great location to transportation and tons of bars and cafes... and clubs. I was renting from this freak of a landlady who was way too anal for my liking. I thought I was cheap, but she takes the cake. I could handle renting from her only one month and then found a room in an area called Candelaria.
One of my dreams years ago before coming to Colombia was to see this famous structure in guadua... Slowly achieving all my dreams!!!!!
Candelaria is the oldest part of Bogota, beautiful, packed with universities, bars, this area has all the retro people and hippies, great artesan markets. Overall a great place to live. As far as I know it has most of the best salsa dancing clubs around. Although the area is awesome, I am not digging the people I am living with. I like one guy and get along with him fine. They are all very young college students, smoking dope, listening to music and living in filth. The house I'm renting at and the area I'm living in makes me realize just how old I am.  Thus, have decided to seek a place back in Chapinero.  Sidetracking a little..... people asking your age here is incredibly common and very uncomfortable. That actually is the second question. First, we are you from and then, how old are you. I have come to have them guess and adjust the age by a couple of years up or down depending on the person I am speaking with. More fun that way..... And they all believe me to be a lot younger than I am. In reality, I'd rather not tell people my age and have them believe whatever makes them happy..... :)

Back to the housing situation.....
I met a girl the first night I arrived in Bogota at a couchsurfing meeting. We have been hanging out since and have become quite good friends. We just found an apartment and will be moving in the first of next month. It's a three bedroom, two bath apartment in a great location. Funny thing..... Just how everything works in my life. I was walking on that street last week and thinking that I wanted to find something there. I went to a couple of housing apartments, called cupos, which are for university students.....very much like dorms... and asked around in that area. Nothing was available...... Turns out that a guy I work with rents a room in the same building and asked the owners if there were any rooms available.... There were three rooms in the same apartment. My friend and I are taking two and will be seeking a third flatmate.

Looks like the housing situation is improving.... Now, attention needs to be focused on finding enough private students to make ends meet and taking care of my visa...... Until all that is done, I have very little to say....

Oh, that actually is a lie. The project with the University of Rosario is actually very interesting and has taken a couple of interesting twists  and turns. While thinking that I was going to assist in the project, it seems that I have been relegated to a position of permaculture consultant. When learning that I have worked on permaculture projects and have a certificate in permaculture design, the urban ag team asked that I give them workshops on permaculture. Therefore, yesterday was the first workshop and next there will be a series of 6 workshops on different aspects of permaculture. In addition to this twists, it looks like I will soon be developing a research project and will be working with the university to write a research paper on the project. I have been in contact with a university in toronto about making this a collaborative project, but I am still waiting a response. This same university offers a course online, via the same organization that is supporting the project here.... I'm trying to get in somehow.... I'll find a way...

I promise next, I'll write more about life in Colombia..... For right now, I am totally loving it here. I love the city, the people, the food, the nightlife. There is so much to do and so many opportunities..... I am staying incredibly busy and meeting amazing people...... Right now I don't want to think about leaving....
View of Manizales. Trip with frien…
View of Manizales. Trip with frie…
Manizales. So nice to get away fro…
Manizales. So nice to get away fr…
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Is this what a quinceneria is sup…
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Reserve Park outside Manizales wi…
What I really came to Manizales fo…
What I really came to Manizales f…
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One of my dreams years ago before…
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