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Sisterhood: Friendship and Fun in Colombia.


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

I just hosted two of my long time friends at my Villa in Colombia. We had not been together for over thirty years. The 1980’s were our prime, but we still feel young at heart, although many years have passed since those good old days of dancing and clubbing when we were young flight attendants. Our reunion was one that novels are written about, one where we recall all of our old adventures while living new ones. Our first day together was glorious. We spent the day in Buga, Colombia, hiking, swimming under a waterfall, enjoying a Colombian family dinner in an old hacienda, then visiting the famous church Basilica de los Milagros in one of the oldest cities in Colombia. This was a day of new memories, a day that made us feel young again, a day of delightful happiness with the sun shining and the beauty of Colombia surrounding us.

Janet and Elaine at VM 005
A Shared Embrace
Michele taking a photo
Taking photos in the old hacienda

We started the night before when the three of us reunited at the airport. What a moment the three of us shared when we hugged. Tears were close as we talked over each other. Who would think our reunion would be at Villa Migelita, my Bed and Breakfast in Colombia, South America?  We awoke the next day to a beautiful sunny day as we embarked on a drive to Buga and the 150 year old hacienda that is a private residence with history. A place most tourists will never see. The waterfall and natural pool is on this property. We are given a tour of the home and then we are off for a short hike to swim under the cascade. We can smell the aroma of the food cooking as we leave. The dining table set for a meal of Vegetarian dishes, a special request honored by the lady of the house. The fun is just starting! We leave through the old doors that look out to beauty words cannot describe. You have to see it in person. It is exactly as it was many years ago…and we hear children in the family laughing as we start our hike. A sound that never changes no matter the century.

Janet and Elaine at VM 031
Table is set with the Colombian flair
Janet and Elaine at VM 024
The doors open to Paradise
Janet and Elaine at VM 046
Pure happiness

The hike is short and not very strenuous. We pass sugarcane fields and little rivers. Butterflies are abundant, while they stop for a drink and flutter around us. We arrive and change into our swimwear right there by the natural pool. We laugh and laugh as we remember memories of our past times. We are delighted with ourselves and that we have actually reunited in Colombia of all places. My friend Janet has to coax me into the water. I am nervous as I have vertigo and everything is a challenge to me, she has to go in a few times to show me how I will enter and exit the water. I finally get in after I watch her go under the falls. I enter and am immediately refreshed. Life is good. Life is amazing. Life is what we make of it.

Janet and Elaine at VM 054
That is me floating next to Elaine
Janet and Elaine at VM 063
A Butterfly along the way

We spend a while relaxing and swimming and then it is time to venture back to the hacienda for lunch. More butterflies surround us. We have definitely worked up an appetite! We arrive back to this old home with only two bathrooms! We have to wait our turn to change into dry clothes. Part of the adventure! We sit down to an amazing meal! We share stories with everyone, and my dear friends experience a Colombian meal in a family situation. They talked about how they enjoyed this unique opportunity of sharing a meal with a Colombian family in their home. We left with a full stomach to venture into Buga and the church of the miracle Basilica de los Milagros.

This church is very special.  No matter your religion, or no religion it is a miracle that happened. I wrote of the miracle . I classify myself as spiritual. I believe this Jesus that is displayed behind the glass is the result of this miracle. I really do. It is like no other crucifix I have ever seen. It is a very sacred moment for anyone who stands before him. It is not important what you believe. It is a a moment to save for your memories. We leave quietly and with peace in our hearts. We wander the streets of Buga to shop and sight-see. We run into people I know and sit with them for a while. The day was perfect. It was a day made to remember for years to come. A day of friendship, laughter and fun.

Janet and Elaine at VM 068
Buga the city
Janet and Elaine at VM 074
Sitting with friends
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I am an American who moved to Colombia to find peace after the devastating loss of my daughter. I bought and renovated a Villa, am learning Spanish, and writing as catharsis. This blog will be like my book with chapters. Each blog will be about my life and adventures. I hope you will enjoy the many new discoveries I am making every day about myself and another culture.

15 thoughts on “Sisterhood: Friendship and Fun in Colombia.

  1. What a cool journey you are on. My husband was born in Colombia to a German father and Chilean/German mother. They moved to California when he was 6 yrs old. I just showed him your photos and he remarked how much the villa reminded him of his home. he has been back to Chile a few times where some of his family lives. I respect your decision to move to a foreign country. You are a brave and adventurous soul!

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  2. I’M SO GLAD YOU GOT TO MEET UP WITH OLD FRIENDS. I’M GOING TO MISS OUT ON MY HIGH SCHOOL REUNION IN SEPT. BECAUSE OF HEALTH. WE DON’T TRAVEL ANYMORE SO ENJOY YOUR FRIENDS WHILE YOUR YOUNG. AGE CREEPS UP SO FAST. I ENJOYED YOUR BLOG TONIGHT. THAT SWIMMING HOLE IS SOMETHING I ALWAY WANTED TO DO. HUGS, GRANNY

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  3. Michelle…..if you have any, I think it would be great if you posted a few photos of the 3 of you together from back in the day!Eddie ;~)

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  4. Pretty interesting..It looks like there are some simple pleasures in life which are the best experiences! The table and the house looks amazing! I hope someday I can visit Colombia! All we hear on this of planet about colombia is drugs, war and lack of stability & security!
    happy blogging!

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    1. I find it interesting that you repeat something about Colombia that is so far from the truth. Colombia is now quite safe. I have lived here for almost 5 years without problem. Now, about the gun violence in the USA, maybe people should start looking towards fixing that. So many problems in many countries people travel regularly to, but people still focus on the past of Colombia. Interesting. Colombia of the 80’s and 90’s is no longer a reality. This is a country of beauty and warmth. The happiest people in the world.

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      1. I’m sure it would have changed dramatically in all these years but it takes long time to Change perception. even today people think India is land of snake charmers!!! I think generally people living in hot climates are warm by nature -don’t ask me why? So I’m sure it must be true for Colombians too!

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