22.06.2012 - 04.07.2012
Walking out of the doors of the El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia, the cool breeze hit my face. First things first, I need to find my long lost uncle who is in a sea of people who are all here to pick up someone. And it's scary. My vision seems to vanish because I can't find him anywhere!
"KENDALL!!!" I finally hear from behind the crowd, and there he is waving his arms waitin for me just like I hoped for! What a relief because there was no going back in the doors once I was out!
So we have an introduction... First time meeting my uncle Jairo! We walk to the car to pick up the rest of the crew at the other terminal. It is nice to meet someone of my family that I have never even heard of before! He keeps saying he doesn't speak good english, but he speaks so much English! "In Colombia, we only speak Spanish," Jairo keeps saying, but in the mean time... We are speaking English. I am fooling him left and right. My whole family on my dads side does this. They threaten us with Spanish language in English. It's pretty amusing. As the conversation continues, I am speaking in broken Spanish and he in broken English, we are getting to know one another! We meet up with patty, nhorma, Guille, and Cassie, head to the apartment, and mi Es muy hombre (hungry) so Jairo makes me a bomb tasting grilled cheese with mozzarella cheese I can't help but feel embarrassed by my terrible Spanish. I have been able to tell a few witty jokes with the little I do know, but it is hard to have a full blown conversation with everyone around me. My brain is going to hurt after this, I just know it!!
Time for bed I am pooped. Until tomorrow!
A Basic Night for a Colombian
-Start out at the supermercado, buy a bottle of Nectar(aguardiente)(strong rum)
-Walk past a heap of cops that all stand in front of the grocery store literally like 200 Police officers. I don't know why they were there?
- Head to a park to drink the bottle along with other people who in America, would be under age to drink. But in South America... already been drinking for years.
-Pop open the bottle of the sweet, sweet nectar. (Totally not sweet)
- Say the traditional toast ===[arriba, abbaho, el centre, y entre]=== before every shot and drink the entire bottle.
- Insert drinking games,
The small bottle we bought lasted for about 4 shots each. Perfect, just enough to get us warm! Wash it down with a little h2O!
- Go to a club to dance
- Take shots on shots on shots.
-Request the strongest ones.
- Dance the night away.
- Get home safe.
Stuff I love in Colombia
Mamoncillo -green fruit
Pitaya- delicious fruit.
Guanabana (juice - yogurts)
Stopping on top of the whole city to eat corn and drink canelazo. (Hot tea with aguardiente and cinnamon)
Endless amounts of Beautiful churches. And getting to see the one my grandparents were married in!
AMAZING food, EVERYWHERE.
Did I say food?
Spanish Words I learned in Colombia
Muy borracha=really drunk
Siempre muy borracha=always really drunk
No hablo con extrangeros=I don't talk to strangers
El rumba Empieca a las dolce=the party starts at midnight
Ya Casi Llegamos?=are we there yet?
My leaf in Zipatarea
-for some reason I traveled through an store city for over 3 hours with a single leaf that I found on the ground.
We went to a salt mine we went in was 135 million years old, used to be a sea!