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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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    • 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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    • 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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