Hasta Luego Captivating Colombia
Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
60Trip End Sep 29, 2012
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On my last day Marcos the director bought two yummy cakes, I took some biscuits along and we did what any Colombian would do, held a party. He had wrote on the board a message for me and for his English class to write down, practice out loud and translate into Spanish. They'd put up balloons around the outside. It was a lovely thing to do.
The message said...
"Today is Friday April 20th 2012
I also gave some thanks and wrote down a message in Spanish and did my best Spanglish speech...
"I have loved every minute of my time here at Angeles of Medellin. I have met wonderful people, I won´t forget and Colombia. The hugs, kisses, happiness will be in my heart forever. Thank you for sharing your love with me. I wish success and happiness for everyone. I am glad I met Oliver; we started volunteering on the same day. He is a very good English teacher! I also am happy to meet the policeman here Victor and Cristian, they have changed my mind on police in Colombia, and I thank also for my special Spanish lessons. A special thanks goes to Marcos, he is an inspiration for me personally and everybody here, I love his energy he displays every day and how he helps others. I had the chance to meet another volunteer, who brought me to all of you and this heaven in the mountains. "
Between Marcos and I there were a few tears, mostly of happiness of course
My last day before my flight, even though it was Saturday, I could not think of anything better than to join Marcos, my friend Alana and volunteer for one more day. We went to El Centro and bought a new table and chairs, I chose the colour red!, 300 toothbrushes, 300 toothpastes, colouring books, markers, puzzles, blankets and more from donations received that week. My friends Karen Simpson and Claire Walkley kindly donated money, I matched that amount and we have now been able to buy the toothbrushes and toothpastes for 300 children!
When I left that day seeing the centre all packed up with the lights off and me sneaking one more look set me off crying and then waiting for the bus at the end of the village street taking one last look at the beautiful view down to Medellin city over the hills I could not hold back the tears at this point any longer. I think it had hit me that I was really leaving this place, Medellin and captivating Colombia.
The lovely friends I made at the volunteer project sent me off with a bit more Medellin magic and we tried a place called El Tienda in Sabaneta and drank, danced and watchd the night go by
With the packing done, I was sad to be leaving. I thought that if Colombia was a person, I wanted to tell them 'Gracias' for the laughs, smiles, hugs, sun, rum! , parties, music and love!
In the morning I left my appartment and even said a small bye to my room (sad I know), I took the bus ride down to the metro and a lady patiently waited for me and asked in Spanish if I was ok. We rode the metro together till I had to get off chatting about my travels, volunteering, Colombia. She was a Spanish teacher and from Jerico (a place I must come back to see) and we swapped details there on the metro. I smiled as I took the airport bus and thought again Colombia and it's people are great. As I sat in the airport lounge waiting to board my flight I wrote down my thoughts at that time... and on the last page of my writing book.
"There are no words
Gracias Colombia, hasta luego, por ahora!!! :)