A final adventure, similar to when I was 23, and as a hippy travelled for thirteen months round South America. Then, after reading the Green Book, what started as a feint, distant wish grew into a craving that came to fruition within four years with little effort on my part. All the necessary pieces fell into place, and the adventure took its course.
Now again what was initially a thought, has now become a burning desire that never really goes away; I hold it there in the back of my mind, like an old grandfather clock you can hear ticking away in the background of an old cottage, its gentle, steady, hypnotic, rhythmic sound is always there, sometimes distracting you from what you are doing, sometimes keeping you awake at night, but always there. The thoughts, ideas, possible plans, problems and solutions are all there mixed together, and churning over in the darkest corners of my mind.
It’s common here in Antioquia, the county, where I live in Colombia, for the people to be referred to colloquially as “Paisas.” When I tell me that I have lived here for more than sixteen years they usually say, “ah ya estas Pasia,” “now you are Paisa.” The truth is, even though I have integrated into the Colombian culture, feel at home here, and generally enjoy life here, I don’t feel that it is my home. I miss Wales more and more. I love my country, and I want to get to know it like the back of my hand, while I still have the energy and determination to do so.
I sometimes say to the people I go trekking with when we think we have taken the wrong path up in the mountains that we may think we are lost, but that one is never really lost, as life puts us in the situations we need to be in, to learn what it is we have to learn. Maybe I had to come to Colombia to understand what it is I want to do in these later years of my life.
I want to explore Wales and promote its treasures here in Colombia and other Latin American countries via, my website, books and through giving talks. Last week I gave my first talk in Spanish to a group of people about my website and I enjoyed the experience immensely.
Let’s see where this desire leads me. If there are any businessmen or women out there who have the financial capacity, and desire to fund this life project, don’t be shy – contact me!