When Ernie (who for some reason likes to moonlight as my unofficial "agent") casually FYI'd me at 8:30 pm last night that I'd be flying back to Colombia to meet some clients with him this morning, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "burning the candle at both ends", I wasn't even surprised at the ease with which I had all the insane amount of work I have back home rescheduled or the speed with which I had my suitcase zipped shut.
Last minute change of plans tends to carry an irresistible appeal when airplanes and great cities are involved, and although I have little idea what's in my luggage besides toothbrush, laptop and a bundle of semi-clean clothes, not many things could beat the contentment I feel right now just to be curling up in my hotel bed in the heart of Cali, except maybe not having to wake up at 4:30 AM to catch my flight to Bogota tomorrow.
Settled into such a routine it almost feels like I am living here.
Alas, gotta be back home in less than a week… sure gonna miss all this.
I can't put a finger on what makes coffee here so incredibly good but nothing I'd ever had before can hold a candle to it.
I am so going to miss my rooftop balcony.
Hands down the best part of the room. Having a separate living room attached comes up a close second though, and I also love the fact that the water is very very hot (high altitude + moody weather + a really hot bath go so well together).
Knowing that I am coming back in a few months makes leaving a bit easier.
I finally got a chance to buy Lucky some local coffee. I know he'll love it.
And that was my day in a nutshell... will be home in a few more days.
It's 7 pm here, spent the day in my hotel room finishing up some graphics for a client back home.
Not sure if it was the deadline creeping up on me or the high altitude here, but I feel so much better that everything is done and sent to the printers on time. Have to admit that being able to work from anywhere is a huge blessing though.
I am about to head out to dinner at this Brazilian place, heard that the food is really good there. I am starving!
Discovered this Colombian soda via room service today -- it's really nice. A bit too sweet for my taste but tastes great.
There's no shortage of lilies around here. OK, off to dinner I go.
Everything you heard about Colombian coffee is true -- hands down the best coffee I ever had.
Gotta take some beans back with me for Lucky.
Loving the local cuisine, below is the scene of my standard breakfast meetings with Ernie (he has clients down here and has hooked me up with a project, which is basically what brings me here in the first place).
I just wish I spoke a little more Spanish -- appending an "o" to the end of every English noun only gets me so far. But luckily, Ernie speaks Spanish and his clients speak English so I am not even sure why I am complaining.
804 is "home" these days...
My view is amazing and the weather is moody -- two very enjoyable factors, among many others. (Not least of which are local pubs and eateries: not surprisingly at all they were love at first sight.)
As was the city.
I forget the name of this place but I do remember Ernie and I having an in depth conversation about the goddesses Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett and Amy Winehouse and the perfection that is their music.
Packing comfortable boots was one of my better ideas (not packing my camera charger wasn't), I don't think we had a day without rain since I got here. Really loving this weather though.