As I wait, and wait, and wait for the time to be right for the transfer...
We've been going through some vacation pictures.
We skipped town for the holidays again this year. The timing was right for a vacation. Part of it was logistics - my work was closed between Christmas and New Years, so we got to go for a longer time without having to take many vacation days. Yay for that. It was also nice to be away. My mom remarried this year, and moved into her new husband's house. While he's nice and his family is very kind, it did make me feel like I wouldn't be missing any Christmas traditions by not being there. And then, of course, Christmas is for kids. She'd be almost two this year, which would make for a fun Christmas. Enough said on that.
So, we escaped.
We went to Colombia. And it was amazing!
We spent Christmas Eve in Bogota. Colombia knows how to do Christmas right - the Christmas light displays were amazing. Here we are at the church on the top of the hill that overlooks all of Bogota:
It was awesome. We then spent Christmas itself on the island of San Andres. It was seriously an island paradise - white beaches, warm weather. We drank cocktails and SCUBA dove and had an amazing, very non-Christmasy time. This was the view just about 10 feet from our hotel room:
From there, we went to Medellin. I will have to find some pictures of the Christmas lights there, because it was out of this world. They have about a mile stretch along the river that runs through town that is completely covered in Christmas lights. They run them over the river, in a canopy above the river, and in a village of lights on both sides. The entire place is a party - thousands of people come out, with food vendors and beer vendors and music. It was a great time!
Last, but not least, we spent New Years in Cartagena. We only learned when we were trying to book hotels last minute (we did no planning in advance, so booked all internal flights and hotels when we arrived) that Cartagena is THE hot spot to spend New Years. People come from all over the world. We had a tough time finding a hotel room, but were able to find an amazing place on airbnb.com that was right in the old city, and walking distance to everything.
They shut down the entire city for New Years - all the streets are blocked, and restaurants set up tables and stages in the street. We booked a dinner, and then spent hours wandering the streets, listening to the music, dancing and celebrating. The masks and hats came with our dinner - how festive!
For those of us who need it to be better, may it be better.