Monday, 12 February 2018

Holiday Season

We have spent the last couple of days preparing for Holidays, sorting out clothes, using a spare bedroom, for the first time in years I have used the iron, something I used almost on a daily basis before moving to Colombia, but here, with the humidity creases soon drop out, however, away from home... being the first holiday for four years, I have to admit to getting quite excited myself, I must have caught it off Marcela, who is like a little girl!

We have contacted my Bank to ensure my cards are not blocked whilst we are away, albeit they have registered the dates, I still worry that might happen, it's bad enough here, but if it happened whilst abroad...

We are going to buy a Mexican sim card when we arrive, at least Marcela's mobile phone, with wifi at the Hotel $12 a day, the sim card has to be cheaper.

Now we are keeping our fingers crossed that my Father-in-law can get here to house sit, and care for the pooches, unfortunately the ELN (Ejército de Liberación Nacional / National Liberation Army) have withdrawn their ceasefire, and issued direct threats to citizens in the north of the Country this week, blowing up a main bridge and roads in the north. If he can't get through, it looks like kennels for both boys, which will be a worry.

The talk about Communism coming to Colombia continues, but Gustavo Petro has issued a statement on his Twitter account, stating that talk of seizing houses and apartments is false, he is only looking at businesses and plots of land, so maybe if he gets in, we will be safe, only time will tell.

The Political campaigning is heating up here, with the elections for the Senate and Camara, then the Presidential elections to follow. We had Politicos here yesterday afternoon, I stayed out of the way, but it appears they were sounding out Marcela to stand for the local Concejo, the Concejales are the Members elected to keep the Mayor in line, unfortunately, many of ours are his Mates, so he gets away with doing what he wants.

It appears the Politicos are keen to have a female on board, and they have heard Marcela speak at their meetings, the problem as Marcela sees it is that, to be backed by a Political Party means you cant be impartial, the time will come when they call in their favours, and I can see her point. She says she is not political, I have to say that is a joke and a half, considering the daily Political updates I get, which bore me rigid, because I am definitely not Political, a rebel when it comes to Politics, yes, but not political! Anyway she has said she will think it over, to be honest I think she would be great at it, whether she would be able to advance much, with all the corruption involved, I don't know, but the system has to change, and that means starting somewhere.

Today we were up at 4.30am so Marcela could get ready, to take her Mother for an early Medical appointment, then head into the City for her last buying session for the shop, before starting her holidays. Consequently, once awake, there was no point in lying there, because unlike Marcela, there was no chance of me getting back to sleep, so I took the boys for their walk, and now I'm twiddling my thumbs, until I go out later, to do the shopping.

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