Saturday, September 28, 2013

Medellin and Penol Guatape

Children playing in the park in Medellin on a Sunday

Fresh sugar cane juice

View from the metro cable

View of Guatape

View of the rock from the bottom
View from the top of the rock
View from the metro cable Medellin at night

View from the top

View at the base of the rock

another view at the base of the rock

Plaintain Farm in Colombia

Sting ray for dinner

In general Colombians have been amazing. They help you and are so friendly.  Well I spent a few days on a plantain farm in Colombia.  What an amazing experience meeting some people who were so excited to meet a foreigner for the first time.  They were so generous and the kids were so cute and eager to learn English and learn about the US.  They kept being surprised that not all Americans are blond and couldnt believe that babies dont speak Spanish.  One of the boys earnestly asked me why my Spanish is so bad and why it was so difficult for me to speak Spanish.  They were so generous and expected nothing, they believe that if they are kind to others they will be repaid for it so it almost seemed a competition on who can be the most generous.  They were also so appreciative for all they had, they have very little but they were happy and appreciated all they had.  I wish we could all be so generous and appreciate what we have, but I also realize its sometimes difficult to appreciate what we have without knowing what it like to be without or seeing and experiencing less than what we are fortunate to have.  If we havent experienced or seen real poverty its difficult to appreciate what we have.  I definitely appreciated running water and time to let all my bug bites heal.  In my travels I have lived in areas without electricity and running water, and with spiders that could cover my entire face with their legs.  I appreciate hot showers, running water, electricity, comfortable beds, being able to escape bugs, and nice climates.  There are few people in the US who dont have a minimum of these things and when I am home I quickly forget how lucky I am because those things are taken for granted.  Generally people in Latin America, share.. even when there is little food and they are poor they share their food..  On the farm I was on they gave me my own bed while they slept 3 or 4 to a bed.  How can I remind myself everyday how lucky I am and be thankful for all I have.  While I know there are so many less fortunate when in the US its so easy to take what I have for granted cause poverty, hunger, poor health and inaccessibility to good healthcare is prevalent throughout the world but we are often so shielded from it and while we know it exists we close our eyes to the injustices that happen.  We close our eyes for different reasons, its behind closed doors in the US we dont see it and it seems like such a big problem that we dont know what to do.  Where do we start?  What can I, an individual, do to help create a better world with less suffering and pain? 

Panama, Canal, San Blas, Panama City

Taking a boat to visit other islands

Beach on san blas

Beach on San Blas Islands

Panama City

Panama Canal

My cabin
So after a difficult border crossing and being rejected entry twice I made it into Panama.  In Panama spent some time walking around the city and went to the Panama Canal, then spent a wonderful 3 days relaxing on the San Blas Islands.  After the San Blas I flew to Puerto Olbadea in Panama for $90 and took a boat to Capurgana a small nice coastal town in Colombia. 

Costa Rica, Sirena & Drake Bay

Beach by Sirena Station
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Tucan, Sirena Station


Scarlett Macaw


Ant Eater

Beach at Sirena Station

Green Iguana

Golden Orb Spider




Iguana eating frog

humpback whale season

turtle swimming with her baby
I am so glad I went to Corco Vado National Park.  I only spent two days there and saw so many animals. I made the trip to Canos island also.

Nicaragua, Jinotega, Somoto, Arcoiris waterfall in Penas Blancas, & Managua

From the mirador in Jinotega

San Carlos River
Somoto Canon

Arco Iris waterfall (rainbow) in Piedras Blancas, (white rocks)

Mirador of Managua

Video of Managua

Nicaragua is a wonderful.  I hope to return one day.