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  • Day23

    (Colombian) Christian Church

    June 5, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Since the bus last night was fairly delayed and consequently none of us slept before 2.30, it took pretty long in the morning for everyone to get up. Therefore, after our really late breakfast we just did a little trip to the central point of Colombia, which is just 10 minutes by motorbike from Damaris' house, and saw where some of the boats stop on the rivers. Since right now it's wet season, you can't even see where the river is supposed to be - it overflowed its banks everywhere in the surroundings. Even the cattle had to stand inside the water.
    Damaris' parents both are pastors at an Christian church, so in the evening everyone went to "culto" (=worship). I didn't want to be rude, so I went with them. Besides, I was curious about the differences between Christian (a type of protestant) and Catholic church.
    At first it seemed pretty much like a mixture of poetry slam and a concert, only with religious texts. Apparently it was important to be the loudest and most passionate of all, using a facial expression of suffering, while the other people where in a kind of global hypnosis. Up to this moment I only thought “well, it's still not my thing, but they seem to like it“. But after around one hour came the turning point, when the guy at the front started to shout even more an half of the people had a mental breakdown, crying, lying on the floor, not able to do anything else but screaming. It was one of the worst things ever, and I still wander why anyone should go to such a service.
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  • Day25


    June 7, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Yesterday after breakfast, Damaris and I went together to Villavicencio, the town where she studies. Besides, here a living two friends of mine: Daniela, my flatmate from the first semester in Mexico, and Vanessa, the one from the second one. Damaris had to meet up with some classmates (and later went back to Puerto López), while I went with Daniela for lunch.
    Afterwards, I left my stuff in Daniela's house and we waited for some friends to pick us up, because we wanted to go to a swimming pool at a hotel. But obviously nothing here works according to “german time“: they guys had problems with their car, so it took them eternal to arrive, plus they drove a wrong way, for which it took another hour from the house to the hotel. When we finally arrived, it was already getting dark (remember: sunset in Colombia is at 6pm all year) and we just relaxed there a bit, drinking aguardiente (the typical colombian licuor). Besides two other girls, all of them were on a weekend trip from Bogotá, most of them guys (which ment we paid only our taxi home and the entrance for the club).
    Later, we went to the famous nightclub Capachos, which has different floors for electro&vallenato, salsa and one for Mexican music. Even better is, that starting from 2 am they had loads of gratis food outside. Around 4 we went back to the hotel of the guys for the after party. It wasn't as easy as it sounds: we had to climb a barbed wire and many of the girls who wore high heels couldn't walk anymore (I was really lucky I just took my flats), so the guys carried them. Two had to go all the way back, because Daniela lost her keys - but, gentleman like they are, obviously only the guys went in search for them.
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  • Day26

    The party continues

    June 8, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    After a shower the day “started“ directly with lunch at the finca (=farm) of Daniela's family, which is on a little mountain. Since it rained heavily, we didn't stay there for long, but went back to the house to catch up on some sleep.
    In the afternoon, we went again to the hotel. In the big group of almost 25 people we had a bonfire and later went all to the pool, where we also started the next morning.
    This day - equal as many days in Colombia -was all about food: first we had a colombian breakfast (caldo, arepa, torta de plátano, pan) at the hotel and in the afternoon Vanessa, a flatmate from my second semester in Monterrey, invited us for lunch. First we had Ajíaco (a soup of potatoes and corn, served with chicken, rice, avocado and banana - I know, those Colombians are crazy) at her place, then we went to get grandma's, because she had prepared rice arepas.
    We ended the day on top of the same mountain as the day before. From up there you have a nice view and can drink aguapanela con queso (if you order it without cheese, you can shock every Colombian). Besides, there is a famous monument called piedra de amor (= stone of love).
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  • Day27

    Puerto López again

    June 9, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Since I had only spent one day in Puerto López before, I came back for another two days. Today didn't do a lot, we just went to one of the rivers and had a little boat trip with two fishermen. Unfortunately, the fish didn't want to swim into the net. In the afternoon, we built a swimming pool in the backyard. After church this evening (this time I didn't go), some people wanted to evangelize me, i.e. talk about Jesus and how awesome he is - fortunately they had to leave earlier.
    The next day, we went to a close-by dancing school for kids, so I could see Joropo, the typical dance of the region.
    Again I realized that this house is a little different from the others. Not only is it directly next to the church of Damaris' parents, but also it is open all day, so the people in town come around to talk, greet or just sit in the living room for a while.
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  • Day271

    13.16 Colombia Movie

    May 21, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    After almost three months here I got so much footage that I stated producing the Colombia movie already during my stay there. Yesterday night I was able to finish it and it is now available after over 20h of work:!AtpkolEJaK6XgY1Wf_ZtJrtkOxcS9w

    Be aware that it is 29min long. I hope that you still enjoy it.
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    Susanne Cherry

    Just watched it!!! So great to see and watch !!! But: can’t wait to see you back home!

  • Day57

    ¡ Feliz Año Nuevo !

    January 1, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Nous vous souhaitons une belle année ensoleillée ! ☀️

    Pour nous, elle commence de la plus belle des manières sous le soleil de Villavicencio, près de Bogota. Nous sommes chaleureusement accueillis par la famille de Daniel, une connaissance colombienne. C'est donc en immersion totale que nous découvrons les traditions locales et pratiquons notre espagnol. 🇨🇴

    2018 a été une année riche en projets personnels et professionnels : appartement, fiesta des 30+10 ans et maintenant ce voyage de 7 mois au fil d'initiatives solaires.

    Merci à tous de nous avoir accompagné et soutenu dans toutes nos lubies. Comptez sur nous pour continuer dans cette lignée en 2019 !

    Love & happiness x 2019 à tous ! 💛
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    Tom et Mo au soleil

    Notre famille d'adoption ! mais rassurez-vous, l'honneur est sauf, nous avons assuré jusqu'au bout de la nuit ! Notamment grâce à Thomas et sa fameuse choré allemande ! ;) histoire de changer de la salsa, du merengue et du reggaeton...

    Tom et Mo au soleil

    Soirée crêpes pour remercier nos hôtes ! Succès fou, surtout celles avec de l'arequipe (lait concentré caramélisé ! miam!). La sucre-citron a plu aussi...

    Tom et Mo au soleil

    Villavicencio est une ville au sud-est de Bogota, derrière la cordillère orientale (au fond sur cette photo). C'est la station "balnéaire" des bogotais. Elle marque le début de la Plaine (El Llano), territoire des cowboys et des asados (barbecues) ! Les vaches ont du souci à se faire… à côté, en zoomant vous pouvez apercevoir des superbes ibis rouges.

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  • Day28


    June 10, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Weird things made in Colombia:

    - Aguapanela con queso - water with cane sugar and cheese
    - Using the motorbike for everything, even 4 persons, a dog and mattresses
    - Even in the hottest cities, lunch always includes soup
    - There is an unbelievable variance of fruits, but they never seem to eat any
    - Also, in a supermarket you have to search a while to find bottled water of more than 500ml, since people almost only drink juices (fresh and delicious :P)
    - Street signs warn of monkeys instead of dears
    - Classes (even of most secondary schools) start at 6am
    - There are no seasons: the climate only changes between rainy and dry (temperature stays almost the same all year), sun goes up at 6am and down at 6pm every single day
    - Colombia is famous for its coffee (called tinto), and even the kids drink it
    - No meal is complete without rice, doesn't matter if breakfast, lunch or dinner
    - Everything is fried and older people that visit Germany are convinced that there is absolutely no food, because the unfried one doesn't count
    - Besides, 90% is carbs: it is normal here to get a plate with rice, pasta and arepas combined, not even always complemented by meat
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