There have been a few things I’ve wanted to address, but they always seem to cross my mind when we’re twisting and turning through the Cordillera Oriental on some tiny bus. In between hours of gazing at lush green mountain side and naps (where I pray that my mouth isn’t hanging open, catching flies) is when I seem to have the best ideas. So, here are some of my random thoughts:
1. Arequipe-Queso Doughnuts
Who thought to put Arequipe – a caramel or Dulce de Leche (for those familiar with the Mexican delight) together with a meltable, mild cheese, then stuff it in a doughnut? Weird, right? But the Colombians have made it happen. Fresh out of the fryer, then rolled in sugar, the stringy and sweet pillow of goodness was a surprise we had the pleasure of experiencing while sipping true Colombia coffee and watching the World Cup in Chinchinquira.
2. The World Cup
Part of me is really glad the World Cup is over – I know this is blasphemous and and I´m sure Nico is cringing as he reads this. The only reason I feel this way is because the World Cup has been dictating our schedule since the beginning of June and it is tricky to work around two hours or more of football starting at 1:30p when we’re suppose to be on the road enjoying all those on-the-road things. That said, I secretly love this sport. I love that once every four years the world gets out on the field and battles it out. I love that, although they didn’t make it to the Cup this time, throughout Colombia the majority of the population was rooting for their Spanish speaking brethren – with a fierce passion. I love how picking a team dictates who your screaming for and who your telling to piss-off. I’m also throughly entertained by the trash talk my husband and mother have been slinging back and forth. Lastly, I love that Spain won.
3. Bus Drivers
When did it become safe to answer the phone while taking a sharp turn on a mountain and switching lanes where there are double-lines? Yup, this happened… I was sitting right next to the driver and I wanted to pat him on the back for executing the maneuver with such finesse, but the fact that there were a good 15 of us in the 10 seater van brought me back to reality. It is good to be alive! A good intro to the last thought of today…
4. My New Office
In Villa de Leyva we decided we should be doing an accounts in/out spreadsheet of our expenses. I whipped out our trusty Mac and jumped right into Excel (a secret pleasure of mine). While sitting there crunching away, I remembered that this was exactly what I had learned to do at that other job. I thanked my lucky stars that being self-employed doesn’t come with a desktop or a roof.
I have a lot more time in buses coming up. Stay tuned for more random thoughts…