Saturday, January 31, 2009

Only in Dominican Republic

Few minutes ago I saw that kind of things that only happens in this island. An Audi (a really expensive car) was turning left in the street close to home, in the dominican way (that means high speed when the traffic ligth was red), a normal car was going in its way and the Audi crash it! The result: the Audi crash a post and destroyed itself as it destroyed the front of the other car. This is normal in this "City without law" but the interesting thing of the story is who solve te problem: "La camiona".

La camiona is a car drived by the militaries that pick up all the illegal inmigrants (that here means Haitians) to bring them to their country. They call it "La camiona" because the Haitians cant say "El camión" that is the correct word in spanish to call it. So this particular car came there and tried to solve the problem. This kind of things only happens in this country, or where you can see an Audi crashing with a normal car, breaking its front with a post and reciving help from a car full of militaries and haitians? Only in the Dominican Republic....

There was a good time....

With this words last night a person that I met here some months before said me good bye.... Let me introduce him:

Mathias, the german guy who came to Dominican Republic and discovered a country of contrasts. He is one of the most funniest persons that I have met. With his smile and his charm personality he was always giving to me good energy to go ahead, to keep looking and also giving me ideas about traveling :P .

Last night we were drinkin and chilling, talking about trips done and how is the office since I left.... always joking about everything and just remembering how were the last months in this country....

That was the last time that I saw him in this place, and that was the reason because we were in the Colonial Zone last night. After living together for 3 months and working together for 4 we have to say good bye. If I will be in Europe I'm sure that I will have a place in Germany to go, and also if he will be in Colombia for sure he will have a place :) .

Why I'm telling this? because this is the first good bye that I said. People came and go, but the only important people is that one that has the capacity to remain in your heart, to give something to your life that you can keep forever.

This days here in this city will give me an opportunity to prepare myself to said good bye to this place and also to this incredible experience.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Made In Colombia

Is incredible how you living for several years in your country you never realize how big and incredible it could be. It happened to me, and I realized that when I was here, in Dominican Republic. I traveled a lot in this country, discovering that Dominicana is not only punta cana... (I have no been in Punta Cana Still), discovering how beautiful it could be.

After thinking a lot I decided to come back to Colombia, there is a lot of opportunities abroad... but a lot of them are the same thing that I was doing here, anothers are just unreachable for me (because my passport) , anothers are crap... so the most clear opportunity that I see now is working again in Colombia, but with a different view.... with the travel view :)

I decided to save money and spend it traveling around Colombia, and maybe in some places around southamerica; and I want to share it with you :) I want to share this national trip. To do this I will write a blog about a Colombian discovering Colombia, called Made In Colombia. This will be my proposal for this year if nothing better appears in the next weeks....

Hope that you enjoy my Country in pics as I will do it in bus :)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

365

People use to say that the time goes so fast...

I thought that one year will be so fast....

I believed that time was just a measure of something directly related with the space...

One year ago, when I was landing in dominicana I believed in a lot of things....

Today is my birthday in this place, the day when I was born in dominicana, out and far from home, in a place where I didn't belong but gave me the best experience of my life.

Now I have 10 more days in Dominicana... Hope to enjoy it and finish to close all the circles that I have not closed yet.

I have the feeling that I am older, that a lot of water have passed in my river of life, that time has gone and I just have to drive trough the last milles of this place, being more close to my land and travel more in my memories to keep in my heart the persons that need to be saved from the oblivion.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bye Bye Rafael F Bonelly...


After living for almost a year in the Rafael Bonelly flat I have to leave it. When I was closing my room I was remembering all the things that happened there, all the people that was in my flat, all the days that I spent with my roomates, all the books that I read there, all the drinks that I drank there.... all the.... life that I lived there.

After living in that place and neighborhood for more than 11 months I really make it part of my life. Walking each day to work, greeting people in the streets and also knowing their aliases make it part of your life. Saying good bye to this place really means something for me: That my time in this place is finishing...

Now I'm living with 8 persons, 7 more that the last week :P . Life changes so fast and now I have a big family for some days... Rafael F Bonelly # 11, close to the Colmado and next to the "Tigueraje" street.... a place who I will never forget....

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Work Over! (Pls insert Coin)

Today was my last day of "official" work in Dominican Republic. After 1 year in that place is time to leave, is time to grow more, is time to find another place, is time to continue my journey...

What do I feel? I feel fine, I really wanted to finish that, close this chapter in my life. In the other hand I feel a bit sad because this means for me that things are almost finished. Now I'm the next who is going out of this Island. I want to do some things before leave, going to Punta Cana, try to find something really special in the colonial zone, prepare the things that I want to give to my friends here and prepare my last speech to them...

This is like when I used to play and some times I saw this "Game Over", but now I see it in the real world, is affecting me directly and wont be solved by a restart.....

As I heard today: every finish is a new start :) Also I want to share some words that somebody told me today when I was closing for the last time my computer in the office....

... so go out in the world
… and dont stop
… try to walk every time
… and live positive
… Than you can really enjoy your life :)

Thank you Mathias :)

Dominican Sights

One image has more value that 1000 words.....

It's a pleasure for me to introduce you to an excellent work about this Island of contrasts. It was done by Mathias Vatterodt, my ex Roommate and ex work dude.

Please enjoy it!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sper sa te vad din nou

Ayer por primera vez en mi vida experimente el sentimiento del adios. Cuando deje Bogotá lo senti un poco, pero mi ansiedad por salir y vivir algo nuevo pudo más que la tristeza. Anoche no tenia nada que me ayudara a evadir el sentimiento del adios: Una de las personas con quien mas compartí en este lugar, de la cual aprendi muchas cosas, con la cual reimos muchisimo y que sin duda me ayudo a sobrellevar esta isla y a pensar más en mi bienestar salio de este lugar para no volver. Anoche el dejo este caluroso caribe para ir a seguir su fabuloso destino.

Les tengo que confesar que al comienzo le tenia mucho respeto, en cierta medida un poco de miedo, es fácil detectar en el sus grandes capacidades y su personalidad única. Para ese entonces solo le hablaba lo necesario, perdiendome la posibilidad de disfrutarlo al máximo. Luego, no se como, lo fui conociendo hasta compartir mucho con el y "disfutar", en cierta medida, de el.

De las cosas más grandes que me llevo de el es el egoismo, mirandolo desde el lado amable :) . Egoismo entendido como la capacidad de pensar en ti mismo, de buscar lo que quieres y lo que necesitas para tu vida. Gracias a eso las decisiones que he tomado ultimamente y que tomaré de ahora en adelante me llevaran a cumplir mis metas, sin sacrificarlas por causas ajenas...

Del respeto y el miedo a la camaraderia y chistes malos :P , ¿Como una persona puede cambiar y dejar huellas en tu vida en tan poco tiempo ? No tengo la respuesta... tal vez su manera de ser, tal vez mi manera de ser, tal vez el destino... tal vez solo fue la persona que enviaron para contarme esa parte de la historia..... Pero de algo estoy seguro y es que el cambio varias cosas en mi, y como dice Fito Paez: "dar es dar, es encontrar en alguien lo que nunca encontrás".

Tantas veces dijimos que nos iriamos al infierno por ser como somos, pero de una cosa estoy seguro y es que el tiene una parte del cielo ganada, porque mi Dios no le da dones y destinos tan buenos a pobres diablos :P . Con lagrimas en mis ojos tengo que decir que lo voy a extrañar pero me llena de alegria saber que algún día nos volveremos a encontrar, tal y como reza el mensaje de AIESEC: "Hope to meet you again :)"

Change is the only thing that is permanent, fue el mensaje que el trajo desde muy lejos y que quedará en mi para siempre :) Multumesc por todo mi querido amigo rumano....


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Changing the world

Looking throug the friends of friends of friends on facebook I discovered this morning an incredible song of a group that I used to listen some time before, that its video ends with this sentence:

"Never doubt that a small group of commited people can CHANGE THE WORLD. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

This gave to me an incredible feeling of what I've to do in this life.... and is something that I've been thinking some time ago, and is that I've to change something in the world... I have some projects in mind, some dreams and some "things to do when I will be old" that are focused on that, and this song means for me that, that you don't need to be important, politican or president of a country to change something... just you need an idea and a heart to give live to your idea....

So this is my first proposal for this year... as I told you about the things that stay with me after 2008, I will tell you my proposals for this year... and I hope that I can acomplish them :)