In search of new horizons

Por siempre, amigos Neira, Caldas, Colombia
Forever friends           Neira, Caldas, Colombia

 

“Listen up everybody: for anyone that’s feeling quite bold,


Vista desde el parque Filadelfia, Caldas, Colombia

Seen from the park          Filadelfia, Caldas, Colombia


and is also interested, expressing the drive and determination to go forth in pursuit of new horizons;


De regreso a casa Riosucio, Caldas, Colombia
On the way home         Riosucio, Caldas, Colombia

 

 in just a few hours, they will achieve what has taken me a lifetime.”


 

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What the treasure is

El segundo tomo de Cuentos cortos de un largo viaje
The Second Volume of the series Cuentos Cortos de un largo viaje (Short stories of a long journey)

Thanks to your patience, happily starting the 31st of January,  the second volume of the series, Cuentos cortos de un largo viaje, will be available:

 Buscando tesoros

Andares por caminos colombianos


meanwhile let´s keep following The treasure to the end…


El árbol Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
The tree           Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

“That I can’t leave without telling you which is the treasure?


Atardecer en Boyacá Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Sunset in Boyacá           Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

My dear gentlemen and my most dear ladies:  I’ll share this with you with utmost pleasure, and if we concur on our way of seeing it, and if we also agree that it constitutes The Most Beautiful and Wondrous thing in the World, the Best and most Wonderful treasure,


Domingo en la plaza Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Sunday at the plaza          Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

and if not, well that’s also alright and we are well met.”


 

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A good night and an excellent life

Entrada Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Doorstep            Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

I wish all of you present here tonight, may you have a good night, and also, an excellent life.


Los jarrones Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
The juggs          Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

In light of the happy booing and the loud general complaints, widely manifested by the concerted voices of the crowd;


La bicicleta Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
The bicycle         Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

he smiled placidly as he showed himself to be satisfied and in an excellent mood; turning he said:


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the ten o’clock bus

Chocolateria Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Chocolate store          Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

“And I have to go;

Fachada en blanco Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
White façade          Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

because, I leave on the ten o’clock bus to the Capital, for tomorrow,

 


La esquina Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
The corner           Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

and I must be at the airport to board a plane that will take me to the destination; I have told you that I discovered.”


 

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rains and downpours

Luz y sombra Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Light and shade     Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

Now, on this sensitive subject, the town’s optimists invariably argued that in that week it would rain and further still, it would downpour

 

La Rueda Filandia. Quindío, Colombia
La Rueda     Filandia, Quindío, Colombia

 

while the pessimists would wag their heads,

 

Hotel Carmen Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia
Hotel Carmen    Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia

 

 

arguing that it was still a long time before the clouds had caught enough water;

 


 

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How different this Sunday

Momentos melódicos Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Melodic moments           Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

How different this night,


Capturando instantes Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Capturing the instants         Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

 

 when on Sundays they traditionally swapped the hot gossips of the moment, would criticize de local politicians,

Encuentros callejeros Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Street encounters           Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

 

chat about the crops and the always present possibilities of rains for the next week.

 


 

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time flies

La estación de bomberos Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia
The fire station              Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia

 

… you would have to observe how the faces lighted up with smiles of agreement.

 

El cementerio Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia
El cementerio           Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia

 

How true and also, how wise the words of the outsider,

Rostro Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia
Rostro           Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia

time had flown!


 

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The standing ovation

Collage de fachadas Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia

Façade collage            Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia


 

“But how quickly time has passed,

Vista del cementerio Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia
Memorial park         Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia

this only happens to me when I am so comfortable and in such good company.

 

Vista del cementerio Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia
Street art           Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia

 

This remark was followed by an uproar of approval, followed by a standing ovation chuckles, and scattered discreet laughter. It could easily be seen, just how the faces lighted up with wide smiles and grins of appreciation.

 


 

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the bells tolling


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The coffee          Salento, Quindío, Colombia


So things were going to the foreigner, who was about to enjoy a new shot,

 

_MG_9628COLAJIn the street         Salento, Quindío, Colombia


when from the church the bells began to toll, indicating that it was half past nine.

 

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Viewpoint          Salento, Quindío, Colombia


He turned to face his public, as he said:


 

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Just by knowing

Arriero Ciudad de Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
The mule driver            Manizales City, Caldas, Colombia

 

I believe that with only contemplating it from time to time;


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The Real Street          Salento, Quindío, Colombia


just by the fact of knowing that it exists nearby me, and that it was I who found it;


Cancioneros Salento, Quindío, Colombia
Street performers          Salento, Quindío, Colombia

I will be one of the happiest persons on this planet, and that it will well be worth my troubles, as well as the years, and the miles I took in discovering it.


 

 

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