Sorry for the unanounced hiatus

We were in sunny Colombia, we are on our way back :) our internet connection has been spotty at best but I finally got both computers in Bea´s house in Colombia working properly, but darn it surfing on a 44k connection is painful… lots of post, lots of pictures, lots to come about our trip.

Being away had another side effect, my site was down due to some script misbehaving, but it should be ok until I am able to troubleshoot it. For now, everyone have an awesome weekend and wait for many things to be posted about the trip.

Decisions

Many of us have heard stories of how someone has missed a plane that ended up being in a fatal accident. There is a very clear outcome to that twist of faith or is it destiny.

In our every day lives we make decisions that could potentially have that same effect. Should we be aware of them? are they important only in hindsight?

I have had a gut feeling before. For some reason I have decided to slow down just before I see a police trap. While that could be just my subconcious telling me that it has before seen one set up in that area or just plain memory those things happnes. Is there such a thing as instict? or is it just our brain working faster than we are aware?

I tent to listen to those gut fellings, when something inside me tells me there is something wrong more often than not it is true. When I meet people and I see something not right with them, it might not be for quite some time but eventually I find out that there is something that I truly don´t like or respect about them.

Do you believe in gut feelings? or do you think that instict just comes from our brain?

Boredom

When a child tells you that they are bored, one of the easiest ways to motivate them is to tell them to go do a chore. Most will prefer to go back to finding that old toy interesting to having to clean their room.

As we grow up, boredom is something that can also be encountered. I combat it early on by having tons of things to do, and well lately video games do not let me get bored very easily.

I started to wonder if that is a reality, or am I just simply so busy that being bored is just not something that my crazy schedule allows.

I have plenty of books that I want to read, some already have been purchased. I have video games in need of finishing and some even just in need of playing. My acustic guitar has collected dust for years and event the 5 year old brand new strings show signs of aging.

Are we even allowed to be bored in this fast paced world?

Forgiveness

The word sorry is used a lot. I hear it all the time at work, TV, radio… I see it all the time. The funny thing is that I get the sense that most people just say it as a part of their normal speech but never put much thought or meaning being it.

Forgiveness is actually a concept that most people don’t get. Webster says about this word

1 a: to give up resentment of or claim to requital for b: to grant relief from payment of

2: to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) : pardon

and I think it is correct, but not truly understood.

Forgiving is something that affects the one giving forgiveness as much if not more as the one that needs to be forgiving. People also forget that even if someone does not ask for forgiveness, giving it to them is better for us. Our responsibility is to forgive those who trespass against us, and trust me it is liberating.

Forgiving is something that people often forget to do with themselves. Even in a situation with no fault, many people forget that they might feel anger or frustration. While those feelings sometimes are not the best and can hurt themselves or others, the first step towards recovery is to forgive themselves for those feelings. We are only human after all.

Bringing Colombia to KC?

On our last trip to Chicago we had the chance to eat at Las Tablas for my sister’s birthday, easily one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It made me a little sad to know that the Colombian restaurant here in KC is kind of in limbo. We have been back and the food is good, but we are not sure if it is going to stay open or not.

Having lunch at one of our friends house this weekend, the conversation turned to our countries of origin. They are from Peru and told us about a store we did not know anything about. There is a store that carries South American products here in our neighborhood and we did not know anything about it. After we left our friend`s house, we headed over to check it out.

Sure enough, the store did carry products from Colombia. Most of it was frozen stuff, but it is still very tasty. They also carry Colombian pop which is nice to have close. It was a nice feeling to find a little piece of home so close to our house.

This had me really excited and thinking that KC had hopes to support its Colombian community. Then a bigger surprise came. I walked into one of the local Mexican restaurants where I get a kind of Tamales that are very similar to the Colombian ones because they are wrapped in plantain leaves instead of corn husk. I was very surprised to see Colombian products all over, flour to make pandebonos, masamorra, and other native dishes.

I immediately asked about the products and was surprised by the response. We have a lot of Colombians that come over to eat here so we are in the process of turning half of the restaurant into a Colombian restaurant. As karma would have it, a Mexican restaurant will start serving Colombian food. So KC is getting a little more Colombian.

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