The Mexicans we met were warm, hard working, and welcomed us with open arms. It is sad to see what is happening to their country.
But as the saying goes, "one door closes and another opens". Roger was offered a job as a General Manager for a drilling company in Bogota, Colombia. And before you gasp and say, "What are you thinking?!", he spent a few days there and is confident the country has changed since the 80s and 90s when we all read the newspaper headlines describing a country out of control. I've also been doing a lot of research, and have read that the current drug violence in Mexico makes Colombia's past drug wars pale in comparison. An upside of moving to Colombia is we don't have to learn another language and that our Spanish teacher will continue teaching us over the internet. I don't think my 53 year old brain could handle learning another language as I'm finally getting the hang of Spanish!
Leaving our friends, Roger's staff, and the special children at Ciudad de los Ninos was difficult for us.
Our whirlwind series of farewells included taking our staff out for dinner to a great place that had a mariachi band......
Along the way we drove through Zion National Park in Utah. It was jaw dropping beautiful and definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the area.
Roger needs to renew his passport when we go to Calgary this week and then he'll fly to Bogota around June 12th. He is really excited about his new job, and I know he I will put everything in to making it a success. I will return to Idaho for the summer and hope to volunteer again at the Soup Kitchen. When our last visitor leaves, I'll join Roger in late August or early September. With any luck, he'll make it to Idaho for a short holiday in August.
Do we wish we could have stayed in Mexico like we had planned? Absolutely. But what we've learned over the last three years is we are adaptable and each new adventure has provided a raft of great experiences for us. I'm sure Colombia will be no different.
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.'Dr. Seuss