In 30 days we will fly back to the United States and, yes, we are counting down.
While we are grateful for this adventure, we are also ready to come home. This week was Semana Santa (Holy Week) here, and the lack of family and friends to celebrate with, the fact that we don’t have formal jobs to give us days off, nor do we have a ton to do outside of work when everything is closed, just drove home the fact that although Colombia is a wondrous place, it is not home.
We passed the time this week working, watching movies and The Office, going for runs, and Casey did a bit of cooking. Also, before everything closed, our friend Esteban met us for dinner at a pizza place near our apartment, which turned out to be one of the hippest spots in town (with good pizza, too!). That was fun, but it was also a reminder that our work here – which has had us traveling across multiple municipalities every week – has made it hard for us to settle in and get to know even the city we live in.
All that said. We have met wonderful people and heard their amazing stories in our travels. And I wouldn’t trade away those experiences, nor how they have impacted us and our values. It has been a great journey, these past eight months, but a hard one, too. And we are looking forward to coming home.
PS – The big news here in Colombia this week was that Colombian author, journalist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez passed away. Both Case and I have read and loved his writing, which has only made more sense to us living here. For a bit more about him, here’s a quick read. For those wanting to read one of his books, One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the best books I have ever read.