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Centro– Cartagena, Colombia, October 2013
So, I’m back home from Colombia. I have a post or two I’ll do on my ten-day visit to Colombia. Right now though, I am focused on starting my travel company. This is not going to be easy, as I discovered last night. But I have faith in myself, my ideas and the international community I have built here.
I was bummed out about coming back home to Chicago. The winter chill is definitely in the air now and it is getting cold. I am reminded, after seeing my homeless friend last night eating from a branch of a tree, that I have a home.
I tried selling my travel trips last night just briefly. I got shot down by a few people, when I asked them if they wanted to go to Colombia. I have never received such passionate “No ways” from people. One guy even said that was a weird question–asking him if he wanted to go to Colombia. I explained I was trying to start a travel company, even then he said it was a weird question. The girl next to him, (who I had already met five times previously) pretended she didn’t know me and her answer was a passionate “No.” The stuffy Anglo-Victorian vibe is apparently alive and well in this historically WASP town.
I find it pretty ironic that all of these people live within the shadow of one of the biggest international airports in the world, and have such a weird time understanding that the world is a lot larger than a suburb with wealth and homeless people in the woods. Not that they are wealthy, but the fact that travel is such a taboo here to anywhere other than little mini-Americas, is a little strange.
I met a few people who liked the idea and had enough resources and such to go, but they have children, obligations and not enough time. I can understand this rationale. One guy suggested I try marketing to families. I’d argue that families could come with, as long as they could pull their weight. as in, the kids could pull their own bags. Maybe not the best marketing strategy.
On Monday, I have the day off of work and I’m going to try to promote my company at the train station. I’m bound to think that when some people feel the winter chill, and I’m offering a reasonable escape to Colombia this winter, my idea will catch on. Besides the cocaine taboo of Colombia, there is still the “Aren’t they going to kidnap and kill you there?” fear. Why? Because I bring tourism and money into their economies from wealthier countries?
Those Colombians made me Arroz con Camarones y Juego fresco.. Tienes miedo?
I had another person tell me that some American tourist had their head bashed-in in Turkey, as if all Muslims stand in the middle of the street and chant incoherent rants at Americans all day (like that Argo movie I saw on the plane back from Colombia). Maybe someone did have their head bashed-in in Turkey, but I know for a fact, that a little child got shot in the head a few blocks away from my over-priced Chicago apartment when I lived in the city a few years back. Bad things happen everywhere, but you shouldn’t run from fears that don’t exist.
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- Travel and Tourism in Colombia – New Market Study Published (sbwire.com)
- Top 5 Travel Website for Colombia (trotamunda.wordpress.com)
- Report Published: “Infrastructure Construction in Colombia to 2017: Market Forecast” (sbwire.com)
- VC becomes Colombian citizen to enter Winter Olympics (kernelmag.com)
- If this man succeeds, he’ll transform Colombia’s economy (moneyweek.com)
August 1, 2013 · by hooksamui ·
- Sunset in Koh Samui (thailandsurprise.wordpress.com)
- Lamai, Koh Samui (wandeeeeeee.wordpress.com)
- Koh Samui, Thailand (ryanmccoll.wordpress.com)
- Le Jaroen – Koh Samui (ourhappymeal.wordpress.com)
- Wedding Bells at Koh Samui (slideshare.net)
- Sunday Reminiscing….Koh Samui, Thailand (lovelifeandhappyeverafter.com)
- Monday 22 July – Koh Samui – IBIS Bodput – Ban Tai, Thailand (travelpod.com)
- The Sea Koh Samui – an Absolutely Hidden Gem Resort (extravaganzi.com)
Ocean Sun Beam over Puerto Rico
Sunsets and Storm Clouds Breaking Through, Thailand
Puting Buhangin/Kwebang Lampas, Pagbilao, Quezon, Philippines
My feet are itching! It is summer indeed. I can’t wait for another solo backpacking adventure coming this month. My gears are ready. Itinerary? Who needs it? I don’t. I go spontaneous. No planning. Just pure adventure.
How about you? Are you ready for summer? Share with me your travel plans. We might meet on the road. Keep exploring!
Great open road attitude, have a great one!
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The Adventure on Ambergris Caye Continues
- “A House Is Not Home” in Ambergris Caye, Belize. (abelizehomeforus.wordpress.com)
- “It’s My Lazy Day” in Ambergris Caye, Belize. (abelizehomeforus.wordpress.com)
- “Slow Hand” for Ambergris Caye, Belize. (abelizehomeforus.wordpress.com)
- 100 Days of Summer! #94 – Plan An Island Getaway to Ambergris Caye…And Pronounce It Correctly (jetsettimes.com)
It is not like we had broke up so I guess it is not exactly “reunited” but when I saw him for the first time in a while, it was really exciting because our heart was reunited with stronger bond. When you are apart, your heart grow fonder and I guess it is very true for us. But even if we weren’t apart for a week, we’d still have strong bond because it’s M and I. Our friends say we are “ラブラブ” (love,love) which in Japanese pretty much means crazy in love with each other. I guess we are but we are not trying hard to be that way because we are both being our selves. We just express our love in the same way that it is not tiring for us to be together as a couple. We don’t have to talk to each other 24 hours 7 days a week but we tend to keep in touch as much as we can because we both want to.
When I saw M for the first time in a week, he was just smiling and he was concerned for my health since I have a fever. It is unfortunate but I had been sick since the last day in Norway and I still have not recovered. It was really nice to see M today because I was able to give him his souvenir. From UK, I got him a little model of London Taxi, which he loved because he collect numbers of little cars. He told me he has over 50+ cars in his room and more outside of his room. From Norway, I got him a matching heart shaped mug with Norway flags and word “Norway” written all over it. He asked me how he should use it and I said you can put pens or something. He said that he just want to showcase it and when we get married we can put two cups side by side and display it. Aww.. it was so sweet of him to say that and I hope we can do that very soon. For his family, I got heart shaped milk chocolate from Norwegian chocolate company. I felt little guilty because he gets A LOT of pimples from chocolate but it is for his family so oh well… he can suck it up and live with it.
Today he picked me up from work and we ate dinner together and that was it because while I was meeting him, my temperature went up so…. I had to say goodbye. M told me casually that today’s AKB’s election and his friend, H (yes the one that I …. cannot stand at all) would most likely be watching it all day. M used to like AKB but I am not sure if he still likes them but it was interesting how he mentioned it as if he wanted to see the TV show. It doesn’t really matter if he likes them or not to me but you know… it was interesting how he casually mentioned it. I told him that he should watch it because I may be in the election as a joke and nicely saying I don’t mind him watching AKB’s election but… I hope he knows that I am okay with him liking idols. Beside, I don’t want him to change just because we are going out you know ?
Over all… M seemed worried about my health and he said I should give virus to him and hopefully I will be able to recover soon from it. I think M is such a sweetheart. He is just perfect to me. You know cause he’s the one and only.
waking up on the wrong side of the bed
as if there were a wrong side of the bed and a right side of the bed.
There may not be a WRONG SIDE of the bed, but there certainly is a RIGHT SIDE and a LEFT SIDE of the bed.
What ever side of the bed that you wake up on…hopefully you wake up on the RIGHT side of the bed to insure that you have a magnificent day!
A while back, I did a little mention about these Fabulous macarons from Paris that my sister had sent to me.
Here are the yummy Paul macarons that I’ve shot (a while back, too). Feast with your eyes!
Anyhow, our vacation plan for this yr was to take Zoey to Paris. This is supposed to be happening SOON! Problem is, we haven’t bought our tickets yet and they are out of this world expensive now. Hopefully, we’ll still be able to make it b/c I just can’t wait to have some stylish mommy + me moments in PARIS!
Why is Australia’s Lake Eyre very Strange?
- Ancient climate change caused by humans (redearthbluesky.wordpress.com)
- Salt – Murray Fredericks (lookthinktalk.wordpress.com)
- Fight brewing over Lake Eyre Basin protection (abc.net.au)
this is my first post …
I’m glad we found you … world
my name is Mary and I’m yet to Italy
I will try to share with you, real-world images, articles about what happens
beyond this virtual space that seized us nearly all free times
literary attempts will be sometimes, also, posts from those dear friends
Thank you for the reception in the middle of this wonderful virtual world the blogosphere wordpress
I wish for ye, God to give you fulfillment of your desires
tomorrow I will post the pictures
with love, Mary
The castles in Romania