One more week of sunny shores...
Monday 5 March 2007 30 °C
Since Taganga is only a 15 minute drive from Santa Marta, I had a rather relaxed, chilled out morning, had a delicious fruit salad for breakfast, packed my bag, and took a colectivo (small van/bus) to this pretty little village. It`s a popular weekend retreat for Colombians coming from Santa Marta, but as I`ve arrived on a Monday it`s very nice and not too crowded.
This place is very tranquil and laid back, there are fishing boats in the water, some tourists on the beach, snorkelling and scubadiving options, and a trail that leads to another little beach about an hour walk away. Being at the end of my trip, I don`t have the money for anything but food and a bed, really, so I will content myself with the beautiful scenery and tomorrow I may take that hike to the other little beach.
I`m actually a bit afraid of getting bored here with just a beach and a book to occupy me! I realized today I planned my Aracataca trip badly - it`s a few hours in the opposite direction to Caracas, so I`ve decided not to go, not to spend the extra time and money. Thus I will be here in Taganga for 3 nights, then head to Caracas, giving myself plenty of time (I hope) to catch my flight.
What a strange thing to think about leaving! I still feel that I am so lucky to be here, and for the next 3 days I will do nothing but appreciate the place I`m in, the sea breeze, the smell of salt, the green of the palm trees, the occasional whisper of a flute or shout of a drum... After that I`ll be spending hours in buses and then a plane, so I consider this my last real stop.
As much as I hate to think about finding a job and living `real´ life again (which is more real? to see different kinds of people, another culture, to make friendships and connections and learn to accept all the goodbyes, to grow as a person, to learn and learn and learn and become stronger for dealing with the hardships that come with travelling? or to fall into a city routine, to spend money on little things you don`t need, to wear a different outfit everyday and work at a job you don`t like and eat food that is refined and processed so that you don`t know what you are eating?...), I am SO so excited to see everyone I miss so much. And I will see you soon!!!!!!!!!!!