1st Road Trip to Salgar/Puerto Colombia

What a semi-week here in Colombia!!

So since my last post i´m glad to announce (thanx to Couchsurfing.org and Sarah), we have found a new apartment!! (Applause) QUICK I KNO! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

So to celebrate our new digs (any reason to party lol) we were gratefully accepted an invite to expat mixer of foreign teachers in Barranquilla. Was a great night full of vodka, rum and dancing as it should be……. no aguardiente YET tho!!

I met some wonderful people that night and no doubt will be partying with them again soon. ❤ I was put in touch with a lady we will call S through a former assistant from the British Council so Sunday i paid her a visit in her town, Salgar.

The journey should have been straight-forward however in true sunday style, Sorry Lionel Richie, IT WAS NOT EASY!!! Instead of 1 hour journey on a bus, i had to hitch a ride in a colectivo (small mini-van that goes along the route) to the entrance of a nearby town, WALK HALF A KILOMETRE to the town centre where God heard my sun scorched cries and put me on a connecting bus to where i needed to be.

S lives in a lovely apartment RIGHT ON THE BEACH! It was a cloudy day so it wasn´t bikini time but i was sooooo happy to feel sand and sea water again!!

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S and I walked along the beach have good old gurlie chats about our lives and impressions of various societies (S has lived in A LOT of countries).

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Before long we decided to meet up with 2 other teachers K and E who were nearby and go for dinner. I met these ladies at the same party, you will be hearing more about our future travels once we organise everything! They were coming from puerto Colombia which was further along the coast. AFter a few cold drinks we made our way to an amazing pizza place. Although the pizzas are DELICIOSOOOOOO, the service is well tempremental to say the least!

At around 8, i decided to head home as it was a long journey for me, managed to negociate a deal with a taxi driver who dropped me back to my door with no drama at all.

Had a really nice day and am soooo happy to meet people on the same wavelength as me.

Now bring on the week!!!! :D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Road Trip to Salgar/Puerto Colombia was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

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My arrival in COLOMBIA!!! Part 1

So the day of my departure finally arrived and i must say through all the chaos and preparation, it all went quite smoothly!!!

As daunting as long haul flights can be, i was SUPER excited to start my adventures in Colombia with the British Council.

Arrived at Heathrow with plenty of time to spare, check in my case mountain and pay for my extra case.


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Consisted of 2 x 23.3 kg suitcases, hand luggage case and tote style handbag! (Was quite reasonable at $70 for an extra case in comparison to $200 if your case is overweight!!)

After farewell to mama, I went through security and made my way to my gate. As usual, being the magpie that I am, only realized my flight was closing as i’m wandering aimlessly round Boots! MAD DASH to my gate which was miles away I made it to the plane.

After bustling my way through with my insane handbag and rollie-case, mid-way into economy I realized I had ‘Seat Number 7′ and when I looked up at the seat number were in the late 20′s. As I turned around I realized…….

*Drumroll please*

I HAD BEEN UPGRADED TO BUSINESS FIRST!!!! OMG!!!

I scrambled back out of economy like a bat outta hell and settled into my cove ready to lap up the luxuries :D I don’t rightly know how I did it but i’m not going to question fate!

Here are a few sneaky selfies from my flight:

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Me & Teddie chillin

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My courtesy Disaronno & Sprite…… 4th i think that was!!

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LOVELY MEAL!!

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Snoozy Selfie while fully reclined in my cove lounger ❤

Overall it was a very comfy flight with polite service and tasty menu. I thank my lucky stars I can tick ‘FREE FLIGHT UPGRADE’ off my bucket list!!!

THANK YOU UNITED AIRLINES!!!

P.S. Anyone travelling to South America or anywhere in general to be honest, PACK EXTRA CLOTHES IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE. My main suitcases were delayed by 2 days and if i didn’t have my hand luggage on point, I would have been in fiddle to say the least!!!

 

Part two TBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

My arrival in COLOMBIA!!! Part 1 was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

Pep talk with my Fro….

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So i thought as i’m about to embark on another big adventure i better prepare my best friend and soul mate….. MY AFRO!!

Here’s how it played out:

ME: *spritz with water and rub in some almond oil and shea butter* So fro are you ready for this??

FRO: Well…… tbh i don’t know what to expect, the last few years I have spent so much time in the sun I don’t know how to prepare!

ME: It’s going to be amazing! We are going back to Latin America to teach english again, remmeber how much fun we had last time…

FRO: Are they going to judge me??

Me: Why would you say that?

FRO: In Cuba it was ok because i was a hot mess trying to grow out the perm but i felt comfortable because there were so many others like us. In Mexico, i LOVED the attention but sometimes i think people loved you because of me…. I don’t want that this time.

ME: I mean, yeh we have been through a lot but where we are going is practically a mixture of the places we have been to. Colombia has a vibrant culturally diverse mix of people so we will be just fine.

FRO: Do they have Sally’s? Will Pak’s send us braid hair like in Mexico?

ME: You know I won’t let anything happen to you, i love you and don’t forget that. The first week i’m there i will make sure you will be ok, even if we do have to get onto Pak’s and express our stuff over.

FRO: Is there going to be sand?

ME: We are moving to Barranquilla, it’s not on the beach itself but i predict we will be spending a LOT of time at the beach if I can help it!

FRO: TRY not to get sand in us all the time though, when we went to Playa Del Carmen i loved being in twists with you as we didn’t get the main impact :D

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(Me in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico 2012)

 

ME: *covers eyes* OK OK, I know i can gt lazy once i find a style but i promise i will spend more time with you and make sure you’re having as much fun as me!

FRO: Do i have to ask if people are going  to squeeze, stroke or pat me……

ME: Ah fro…. If anyone touches you without my permission, they will have me to answer to, NO EXCEPTIONS!!

FRO: OK…… I guess it doesn’t sound all that bad, will get to experience some new air, have natural steams, go into the ocean, meet new hair folicles and bask in some lovely breeze. Maybe I could get one of the cool thread braids….. Would look nice! :D

ME: *brushing up the side and admiring my curl pattern* Maybe fro, Maybe……….

WE WILL BE JUST FINE FRO……. WE ALWAYS ARE!!!

P.S. If all else fails, we always have Valderrama to look up to! ❤

Frotastic July 2014

 

 

 

 

Pep talk with my Fro…. was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

Á mi primer amor….. Cuba

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Perdonamé Cuba, yo se que en hace mucho tiempo no he hablado sobre ti, casi como que no estábamos juntos pero porfa aceptar eso como mi disculpa.
Sin ti, no podría ser la mujer quien soy hoy, tu lo juro eso. Fuiste tú que me ensenado a ser fuerte, independiente y orgullosa. Era mi primer tiempo fuera de mi hogar por tanto tiempo y con todas las complicaciones, todavía usted me dio todo que necesitaba para sobrevivir.
Un mundo sin Face, sin móvil, sin comida rápida, sin TV!!! Era una lucha pero cause de ti, cuido mis relaciones con amigos y familia como oro. Nadie puede entender los conflictos personales que se presenta en un mundo tan cerrado pero abierto.
La loca chica que se enamoró con el Malecon, casi cada noche estábamos ojo a ojo con las estrellas, y sin duda con refresco de limon y mi botella de ron (3 anos) ese paz que tuve en estos días solo puedo encontrar en mis sueños. Creo que no existe en el mundo despertada.
También mis leyenda con palabrotas contra otros, creo que en 3 semanas, sabía cómo destruir un hombre con Cuba-ñol jajajaja, gracias mis locos amigos en el Malecon, las amistades que erán hechos en tu presencia eran desde loca y frágil hasta los que están en mi corazón para siempre.
Conoci a mi segunda madre Merici, ella erá mi fuerza en momentos cuando un abrazo valia mas que diamantes. Sabes las problemas que tenia allá, y ella con tu poder, y me dio el coraje para andar con mi cabeza arriba orgullosamente. Ahora ella esta con Dios y yo se que cuando veo las estrellas en formación de ‘La Osa Mayor’ como mi tatuaje, ella esta mirándonos con cariño.
Cuba, no puedo describir la libertad que tu me ha dejado, esó es más que palabras pueden explicar.
Tuvimos nuestra primer encuentro con la naturaleza y aunque me gusta el mundo natural creo que es mejor si voy por las calles, no por las valles! Mucho estrés para los bichos, no vale la pena!
En tiempos buenos y malos, con peleas y amores, entre los engañadores y las aventuras, nada puede tener la maravilla que tuvimos. Desde Coppelia helados por desayuno hasta mis pizzas en mi borrachería, todos sabían que usted, Cuba, me tenía desde mi llegada.
Como un primer novio nunca voy a borrarte de mi vida, incluso si te sientes que no te amo te lo juro que sigues en mi corazón pa siempre.

Espero que usted me entiendes y lo encuentras en su corazón para que me perdone……

Aic3la