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Love in Colombia

Love in Colombia

Culture, Life Abroad

It’s a bit strange to write about love on the Internet because it is such a personal subject. However to be fair it is also a part of life, and perhaps I would be remiss to chronicle my life abroad without including the emotions that go along with it.
Falling in love is not to be taken lightly. It is a grave topic of much seriousness because should the relationship run its course too early there is a lot of pain that can also come with it. The last relationship I had terminated just over two years ago because it was a dead end trip on a boat full of alcoholism, never a good idea. The time that followed was full of travel and inconsistency which prevented me from settling down and forming any relationships, which to my benefit made all my arrivals and departures that much easier.
Now after much wandering and constant change I have arrived in a place where I feel settled, content and happy. The cherry on top is that I met my “novio” (boyfriend), a wonderful Colombian man who has become a special part of my life. I can only describe my emotion as a long slow fall into the warm embrace of young love. It scares me and exhilarates me at the same time. I don’t like the term “love at first sight” because I feel that it is too risky, I do admit though that there was an energy between us from the very start that carried a zing which I haven’t felt in a long long time for anyone if ever. Perhaps it was love at first sight but severely repressed due to my cynical nature and the protective barriers guarding my tender heart from the potential harm of admitting love too quickly.
There are many details that I am going to leave out of this story because they are too personal to share with my audience. Many people show surprise when the subject of my relationship status is breached in conversation because I still am a bit limited in my Spanish and my “amorcito” does not speak English. It really doesn’t matter, when we run out of words we just go do one of the many common interests we share. Together we enjoy bicycle rides, dancing, hiking, swimming, and other activities which are for adults only (ha! Like I’m going to talk to YOU about my sex life too!!). Sometimes I just look into his beautiful chocolate colored eyes and hope that he sees the meaning I wish to convey with my baby blues.
As we spend time haggling over our misunderstandings and unintended meanings I feel my Spanish increasing much faster with such an intimate but constant influence. Sometimes, words are just overrated and overused. Maybe the best relationships are based on shared experiences with limits on excess chatter.
And of course nothing is ever permanent even if (Lord willing) it should last for years. Should something come between us I know that this thing will not easily be forgotten. Life is too short to worry about the future, I will survive even with the pain that it would cause me and try to cherish what I had.
The sweet feeling I have, the tender words we share and the passion between us is as beautiful as the exotic tropical flowers that bloom all around us. When I am out on my bicycle he is there beside me encouraging me to push past the hard parts and overcome the pain. When we go out dancing we are there together following the rhythms of the Latin music that caresses our growing affection and sweet seduction. Oh my sweet man, be good to my heart because you have captured it in your hands and I will be good to yours in the same way. Te amo…te quiero mucho.

About the author

English Teacher, Freelancer, Chocolate Entrepreneur and Traveler!!


  1. Mary
    April 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I enjoyed your story of love, it is refreshing to get to view of something that is a pleasure for you. I put in a link to a “journal of gratitude” that someone might enjoy. I feel we should keep a journal as we live in the “NOW”. So that later we can review what we were grateful for. Your article ties together your adventures so it was great to read. Keep up the great work and don’t forget to journal on a regular basis. I know you took a journal with you just do not neglect it in the rush. Your article also points out that living in the present is relaxing and not stressful. On they had an article that we are much happier when we live with the now in our minds than thinking about the past or to worry for the future. It is not in the things we have or the aspirations we have, but rather living the moment to our best and being happy in the now makes our overall happiness skyrocket. Well you have a nice afternoon and bye for now.

  2. Anita
    June 3, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Nice writing E.

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