Getting Off the Gringo Trail
Trip Start Sep 15, 2010
29Trip End Jul 23, 2011
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I have wanted to visit this country since working with three Colombian doctors during a medical mission to Russia in 2000. Therefore, for my final destination, I arranged a six week volunteer gig with the Operation Smile offices in the capital city of Bogota. This international medical organization, based out of the U.S., performs surgeries for children born with cleft palate and cleft lip.
Since I am not a medical professional, a lot of people asked what I would be doing prior to arrival
Regardless of the workload, after almost two months on the "Gringo Trail" it is great to just live and breathe ordinary life for a while. I am living with a nice host family in the northern burbs and ride the bus to work everyday. Aside from writing in my journal, there are many days that I don't hear or speak a word of English.