The inocentes, returning to normal in Medallo

12 Dec

Medallo is what locals sometimes call Medellín. Guys, I’m legit local. Don’t even laugh like that.

Our trip back from Asunción was smooth but oh-so-very loooong. We left Asunción at 11AM, spent five or so hours in Santiago and six hours in flight from Santiago to Bogotá, arriving just after 10PM. Our next leg–the following day at 6AM–was through COPA, but wouldn’t you know it? No representatives were available to check us in at 10:30PM.

We spent 10:30PM-3:15AM in a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad waiting area that was well-lit with soothing construction noises in the background. We got back to Medellín at about 6:45AM and slept until 11AM. Though we made it through our respective work days on Thursday, it was debatable whether or not we were accurately speaking (or spelling) English. I’m pretty sure my Skype chats to my father made him worry that I had suffered a stroke. Sorry, Dad!

After the day descended into night, we noticed that this city is Christmas-crazy. The vantage from our apartment gives us a pretty impressive view of the city, and at night, with the Christmas lights, it is a completely different world.

First: we may be the only home without Christmas decorations. Also: we tried to buy a simple strand of lights at the Exito, and they had already run out of decorations. Christmas here is so serious that if you don’t buy your decorations in November then you will not have any.

Second: everyone’s lights blink and I’m not sure how there aren’t more seizures. The colors, the rapid blinking, the designs: these all seem like dangerous (albeit festive) combinations.

Third: fireworks are a big part of the holidays here, but I still can’t figure out how or why. They seem to be going off at all hours of the evening and all over the mountainsides. When do you just see one or two fireworks in succession? And why?!

Our first evening back, we were a bit zombified but dazzled by the Christmas spirit, here. We looked out of one window and noticed that there were candles all over the walkways of Carlos E., so we put on our best “I am doing fine, I SWEAR” faces and staggered into the evening.

I think we had missed the official “Día de las Velitas” where there are candles everywhere, but people had left out small cups for the candles and had re-lit them, because this we know is true across the globe: Christmas decorations are hard to take down!

But even though we were navigating the detritus of the holiday observed the preceding evening, it was still lovely, and walking through rows of candles was a nice way to be welcomed home.

…now we have to go find lights.


One Response to “The inocentes, returning to normal in Medallo”

  1. Lea Anthony December 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    You guys have all the symptoms. Hope by now you are rested so you can enjoy the festivities.
    The nutcrackers are standing all over the dining room table, ready to take their spots decorating the house. They also are awaiting the newest nut to join the group.

    Traveling sounded tough, so I am glad you are both back enjoying your cozy nest. Love you both and sending kisses!
    🙂 Mom

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