Making the Transition from Vegetarian to Vegan in Colombia Where Vegan Alternatives Are not Always Easy to Find.
When I came to Colombia more than seventeen years ago I had no idea where the journey would lead me, and now when I look back I can safely say it has been interesting and without doubt I have changed enormously. Apart from the physical changes, more weight, less hair and more wrinkles, I guess the main transformation has been the spiritual side of my life as I have slowly moved towards Buddhism and vegetarianism. Both of these I think, link back to my deciding to start meditating soon after arriving in Colombia.
Saint Dwynwen and The Day of Love and Friendship - Welsh and Colombian alternatives to St. Valentine's Day.
St Valentine’s Day is fast approaching; however, both Wales and Colombia have their own alternative days for the celebration of love. On the 25th of January each year, people all over Wales celebrate St Dwynwen's Day, Dydd Santes Dwynwen in Welsh, while In Colombia the third Saturday of September is the day to celebrate El Dia de Amor y Amistad, The day of Love and Friendship.
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” - Mark Twain.
In the past my brother in law here in Colombia had a holiday home in a town about an hour from Medellin called La Ceja, where we used to go on long weekends and during holiday seasons such as Easter and Christmas. In Spanish these holiday homes are called fincas and many times I see the word translated into English as farm, however, most fincas are not farms as they are not involved in agriculture, but instead are just weekend retreats. Most foreign people living here in Colombia use the word finca and I have seen the word occasionally in English dictionaries so it appears that the word is slowly creeping into the English language.
Welsh, Photographer, Vegan, English teacher and translator from Spanish to English.