Aha Moments

Day 57:  Colombia

The view from our apartment windows are amazing.  We can see so much of the city.  There is a full length window right next to my bed.  So I got to look out over the city as the sun was starting to come up before I fell back asleep. 

I am excited to explore Medellin today, but first we needed food.  So we found a restaurant that served Bandeja Paisa, which came highly recommended by all of our Colombian friends and family.  It was a lot of food.  It pretty much includes everything, rice and beans, sausage, chicharrones, fried eggs, arepa, avocado, salad, potato and fried plantains.  While it was delicious, it was so much food.  However, given the fact that I have been struggling to eat recently, I ate as much of it as I could because I wasn’t sure if come dinner time I would feel up to eating.

After our enormous lunch we went in search of Botero Plaza.  Botero Plaza is filled with sculptures by Colombian artist Fernando Botero.  His sculptures are fun and almost whimsical.  I really enjoyed walking through the plaza. 

Afterwards, we decided to head to Barefoot Park.  We started walking there, but quickly realized that we were unable to do so and called an Uber.  We were at Barefoot Park in all of five minutes.  It had a really cool fountain, but that was its only exceptional quality.  Otherwise, it was just your average park.

From there, we walked to Parque de Las Luces.  This was a fun park made up of street lights.  It would have been fun to see them at night, but that was not in the cards.  However, standing on one of the platforms underneath the lights, I realized that I am actually comfortable with my body and how far I’ve come.  It has kind of been a ‘fake it till you make it’ kind of thing.  For a long time I would say I was ok with who I am, but if I’m telling the truth, I never really saw my transformation until today.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have a hell of a ways to go, but today I was able to acknowledge how far I’ve actually come.  

After my ‘aha moment’ we headed over to the Botanical Gardens.  These were by far the most amazing botanical gardens I have been to.  It was lush with trees and exotic plants and had a nice walking trail trough it.  We walked around for almost an hour before deciding to head back to the apartment and to find some dinner.

Our Uber got lost and we struggled for awhile with our limited Spanish over the phone, but he eventually found us and he dropped us off at our apartment.  We immediately went in search of food, only to realized that we are literally in a neighborhood of bars and clubs, but no real restaurants.  However, we did learn that it was a hub for some amazing street food.  We couldn't decide between Shwarma and stuffed arepas, so we got both.  The arepas were the best I've ever had.

I am excited to see what tomorrow brings. 

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