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Out and about, living life to its fullest.

La Aussie Gringa in Colombia – fiesta con familia!

After farewelling Cliffy in Medellin I retuned home to Palermo and to lots of news. Paula had come off her motorbike – almost in front of the house but had luckily escaped with only bad grazing to her arm and … Continue reading

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La Aussie Gringa in Colombia – the hills are alive

Just when I thought the kids had finished partying I was awoken at 3:30am by their boom box blasting out over the valley. It seemed they’d all gotten up for the sunrise albeit a little earlier than necessary. I suspected … Continue reading

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La Aussie Gringa in Colombia – deep breaths

I woke on Monday morning to Tato (Paula’s cousin), Alsides and Cruz Elena draining out the fishpond. The fish were all being sorted and put into big buckets. I was told later that the big ones were going over to … Continue reading

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La Aussie Gringa in Colombia – solo en Palermo

Luis Carlos had given Paula the news over the weekend that he’s accepted a job further away. I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t prefer to stay here and continue digging trenches by hand!! I’d developed a cold with a pretty … Continue reading

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La Aussie Gringa in Colombia – solid as a rock!

It was clear that more people were needed to get the place finished within a reasonable time so Luis Carlos joined the team on the Monday of week two. He was an older worker, sixty-five from memory, and wiry but … Continue reading

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La Aussie Gringa in Colombia – it’s in the bag!

Back in Palermo after my little trip away. The visit to the Acaime hummingbird sanctuary had cemented my desire to commission a painting from Tato. Birds are his specialty so we negotiated a deal over a few drinks on Friday … Continue reading

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La Gringa in Colombia – the only way is up!

The trip to Salento got off on a funny start. I had misunderstood the bus departure time so I arrived at the bus stop an hour early – some would say that’s not a bad thing for me given my … Continue reading

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La Aussie gringa in Colombia – accelerated Spanish

I was very happy I’d gone home for the short trip. A sad farewell but comforting to discover some facts that point to Uncle Ron’s death more likely being  unintentional.  Mental illness comes in many guises and sadly most of … Continue reading

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La Aussie gringa in Colombia: Only one thing is for sure and that is that nothing is ‘for sure’

Day four in Palermo: Paula’s friend Nestor has been really helpful in our hunt for the car but unfortunately his timing isn’t great when he shows up the morning we’re meant to be working through our options. Nestor is keen … Continue reading

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La Aussie Gringa in Colombia – a roller coaster of emotions!

So, you find yourself in a place where no one within two and a half hour’s drive speaks English (except your travel friend – I am truly not exaggerating – Paula had told me this before I came and I … Continue reading

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