VDL - SETTLING INTO HOME

Updated: Nov 6, 2018

Getting into the Villa de Leyva, Colombian Rhythm.

October 02, 2016


Putumayo bead store for mesmerizing handicrafts, Donatellas or Museo de Chocolate for sweet, tasty treats, the quiet Thursday markets..

Resting after the second yagé ceremony, this time a night one. Back in VDL, I made a simple but yummy lunner of spaghetti and veggies. My stay here has been great and the room is so very accommodating. I face the ridge, but is only a short five minute walk to the steep, brushy slopes. For most the day white, foggy, cooling clouds hang onto the crests of the ridges. We get the winds from the daily thunderstorms, but hardly a drop touches us here.


Looking behind our homestead at the paramo hills

Some days I stay in, making meals, relaxing to the sounds of Natalia & Leidy, the housekeepers two girls playing. They're really good kids. Shy at times peaking around the corners. At other times assertive as they escort me to the driveway and insist I let them watch as I cruise down the camino de tierra on my bike.


(Camino de tierra refers to a dirt or unfinished road)


Inside our temporary abode

Children of the housekeepers, who lived on the property

When I go to town, there always is a buzz. Los extranjeros during the week and masses of Colombian visitors on the weekends. I walk about enamored by all the good things in town. Like a Putumayo bead store for mesmerizing handicrafts, Donatellas or Museo de Chocolate for sweet, tasty treats, the quiet Thursday markets or the jam-packed Saturday markets for fresh local produce, comparing tintos and devouring loafs of artisan breads.


(Los extranjeros means foreigners or tourists. Tinto refers to little cups of coffee.)


Men sip tintos in front of the town square

Transplanted to another time, the styling of the town remains pre-dated

It really has been the only town that's had it all. Hence it being my more desired move-to location. I've made good connections and life here still seems to be simple, fun and full of potential. I've two more weeks here, but its so nice to be in a groove with the area, taking it easy or chasing after some adventure. The time is mine to enjoy how I like. The big decisions will be coming soon, but for now, its just to experience life while here in Villa de Leyva.



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