Monday, January 17, 2011
Relationship between Nature and Colombia
Today was yet another amazing day in Colombia. This morning we enjoyed pan dipped in hot chocolate, the best scrambled eggs you dare to imagine and freshly squeezed orange juice. This meal, while not as extravagent as others meals, proves that sometimes the most simple meals are the most pleasurable ones. While the majority of us enjoyed a few hours of peace on the bus, I stayed awake for the entire drive and saw Chicamocha Canyon, one of the highest large canyons (around the size of the Grand Canyon), but painted green from all the trees with splotches of yellow from what Giovanni, the newest guide to join us, called Arboles Oros, or gold trees because of their leaves. This vegetation is by far the most breathtaking bosques I have ever seen in my life. What I have come to love most about Colombia is that everything here is so rich in colors and life: yesterday, we went to a self sustaining farm that is planting nearl extinct trees, conserving those naturally planted, and somehow maintaining human life without destroying the nature surrounging themselves. This place was strikingly beautiful because there is such a basic and simple truth to it that few ever seem to be aware of, let alone try to engage in. After touring the farm, we were given a meal that was made up from veggies grown in the gardens, steak grilled over an open fire, and even trout from a local lake. The meal expressed the same basic truth as the farm represented: out of the most simple close to nature things, comes the best that could be created by humans. Colombia is wonderful because of the prevelance of nature here: I hope it remains a secret from mainstream tourism, I can´t imagine Colombia any other way than this.