If you can dream it, you can do it
Cartagena Travel Blog› entry 102 of 134 › view all entries
May 25th, 2010 – by: melsadventure
I´ve been humbled to be accepted by cultures and people different from my own and it´s been a huge part of the journey learning Spanish and being able to speak with the locals in their own language and learn about their lives, hopes and dreams. I´ve discussed politics and religion and learnt that we´re all suffering the same difficulties and struggles, just some more obviously. I´ve also learnt that the rich and poor divide isn´t only distinguisable by money, the people here somehow seem more at peace with themselves than we do in the West. They carry their babies close to them, never in prams, they never scream at their kids and in return their kids are calm and chilled out, there´s no mollicoddilling and the children seem to be better for it.
And of course the music. The heartbeat of Latin America resonates through the Salsa, Samba, Cumbia, Tango and so many other styles of music that pour onto the streets from sidewalk cafes and clubs, cars and vans and even plain old transistor radios. If you turned the music off this continent wouldn´t be the same. Young, old, fat and thin people here come alive to the music and it´s true ... hips don´t lie! There is something incredible about watching a family walking down the street at night all huddled together and stopping when they hear music they love and all of them breaking into dance, the sheer joy in their faces leaves me speechless each time.
I´m hooked. I think somewhere inside me is a Latino that was just waiting to be discovered. The passion and vibrancy of this continent is not lost on me, it´s endeared itself to me forever. This is the first of many visits.
So there it is, a dream that started with seeing the Amazon and developed into travelling to a continent far removed from mine is finally realised. Every expectation has been met head on and beaten, nothing has disappointed and everything has impressed. The best thing about it is ... there´s more to come!
Vamos a Panama!
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