I'm going to COLMBIA!!!!!
apologies...i'm just so ecstatic.
you have no idea.
i know what you're thinking...colombia? uh, druglord captial of the world and i'm going to get myself shot.
first, not too long ago, London was considered the "cocaine capital of the world" and how many people travel THERE? plenty. now it's afghanistan that's the most highly infested with drug activity.
but sadly, in this world we live in, really what country doesn't have those problems in their streets?
and now...the "murder capital of the world" is Mexico.
very comforting knowing my grandparents still live down there and refuse to leave. it has my mom losing sleep.
anyway, point being, Colombia has actually become a very safe place for travel. given you don't go out alone or at night in sketchy parts of town...but that's obvious for even here in the ATL!
i'm not nervous at all. i feel really good about it. ok, i AM nervous, but just about what kevin's family is going to think of me...i don't want to come across as a "spoiled american". yah know?
anyway...i've been saving up my paychecks and FINALLY purchased my flight...
this is me getting pumped...
i like to google info about the place and town kevin lives in...where i will be staying for 10 days.
He lives in Pereira, Colombia...which is HERE:
it's in a more mountainous region of the country which is apparently beautiful. a little chilly. and rains often. he says they don't have seasons there...it's about the same year round. one week can be sunny and the next cold. i find it interesting that it gets cold considering it's part of the equitorial region of the world. altitude i guess.
thanks to google...some fotos of the place...i'm excited to go and take my OWN.
my dad asks me what i'm going to be doing while i'm down there.
well...it will be general conference when i first get there. so i'll see my 4th in spanish.
kevin's family tell me i'm going to eat and eat and eat and i'll probably come home FAT there's so much they want me to try. i'm ok with that.
not the fat part. the food part :)
and kevin tells me i'm going to dance and dance and dance.
salsa, merengue, bachata
seeing as kevin is a "futbol" fanatic, he says we'll go to a soccer game while i'm there.
and that i'll get to see his whole city.
it's going to be well worth my saved up pennies.
i love getting to know new cultures...meeting new people...seeing/trying new things...
and all the while being with the person who makes my heart go pitter-patter. :)
so there you have it.
12 days and counting.