By Teresa Thuy

Colombia 2014: Days 6 & 7 – Beautiful People

Colombia 2014: Days 6 & 7 – Beautiful People

 Finally! We have reached the last two days of my trip to Colombia. You must be puzzled. Thinking, “didn’t this trip happen three months ago?” FACT! Read why you may leave Cali in tears like I did, and feast your eyes on the beauty that is Cali, Colombia.

1.1. colombia2

Day 6 (New Year’s Day) : Don’t let his lack of smile fool you. Julian is quite the jokester.

1.1. colombia4

Sisters: Sophia and Nicole. I told Nicole that her sister was an arepa, or a delicious Colombian corn cake, when I meant to say that she was afuera, or outside.

1.1. colombia3

I do not eat fried foods often, but I wanted to do as the Colombians do! Once you try a Colombian empanada, you will want to stuff your face with every empanada in sight. Just look at that cornmeal exterior. These fried pockets of potato and chicken filled goodness were only $.25 each.

1.1. colombia5

Family adventure time!

1.1. colombia6

We had to enjoy a cholado, while in Cali, so we went to the city to get one!

1.1. colombia8

This dessert is made with shaved ice, chopped fresh fruit, like papaya, pineapple, banana, grapes, strawberries, apples, mangoes, sweet condensed milk, and a wafer.

1.1. colombia7

The result? Pure sweetness.

1.1. colombia10

Diana, Sharon, and I swung on some tree branches in Parque de Perro, or Dog Park.

1.2. colombia2

Day 7 : Patacones to start our day! Chopped sweet plantains are fried, flattened, and fried and flattened again!

1.2. colombia3

Neighborhood watch dog on duty

1.2. colombia4

During Christmas, Mauricio’s family gives a bag of food, toiletries, and home goods to families that may need it. We dropped a bag off to a random family. The kids’ faces when they received this gift was PRICELESS.

1.2. colombia10

We took at least 100 steps down to Cousin Juan David’s home.

1.2. colombia5

The view from his house is breathtaking.

1.2. colombia6

Their stunning bird

1.2. colombia7

His home had two bedrooms, a kitchen, and this beautiful open patio.

1.2. colombia8

As Clipse would say, “Grindin”! They put in work on the coffee bean grinder to have their daily staple.

1.2. colombia09

Things are looking up.

 

Hi, Jordin!

1.2. colombia12

The prettiest flowers, like this dahlia, were found along our hike.

1.2. colombia13

Nicole guided me to her home.

1.2. colombia15

Jordin is pooped from all of the stairs.

1.2. colombia16

In the distance is where Juan David’s wife, who is a teacher, walks an hour to work every day.

1.2. colombia18

Home filled with plants.

1.2. colombia21

We could not leave without playing another game of mountain fútbol, or soccer! All of Mauricio’s cousins were so good! It was a close game, but we lost 9-10.

1.2. colombia20

Sharon caught a butterfly.

1.2. colombia

Day seven was such a bittersweet day for me. I felt blessed to have spent an entire week with a family that had taken much of their time to show us around their beautiful country and make us feel at home in their homes. And, it was time for the goodbyes. I knew my first time in a country outside the U.S. and Central America would be so different than anything I have ever experienced. I was overwhelmed and touched by the immense amount of love that their family always showed. Beauty exists in not just the exterior of the people of Cali, Colombia, but also in the hearts of those who live there. 

To all I have met in Colombia: Thank you for reminding me to take pleasure in the simple things in life, to continue to live each day with a smile on my face and my dancing shoes on, and to value the time with those you love, especially family. Like I said, I hope my sister, Diana, and Mauricio get married there, so that I can see them all again and return the love that they showed me. 🙂

Thank you for one of the best times of my life!! ¡Gracias por un viaje inolvidable! Cada uno de ustedes tiene un lugar en mi corazón. ¡No puedo esperar para ver a todos de nuevo!

Love,

Teresa Thuy



Leave a Reply!