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Magical Spanish Language Adventure School in San Carlos, Antioquia, Columbia

Spanish Adventure School upstairs porch with the view
Students from all over the world
Open areas around the school are beautiful. Students can use the bikes to get around. The school has a van for adventures and public transportation is easy to use.
Manual at his night club/gym/Eco Guia business. We all benefited from his blend of businesses through nightlife, tubing, canyoning and river spots.
Shared a room with Vivian, Gypsy and JoJo (Frodo)
Example lunch, so yum! Included with lessons and adventures.
We all walked the red carpet to celebrate our acting debut with Milton our project leader. Here is a link to what the group created with the help of Milton, the editing magician.
Anticipation of our NotiFalsas Debut
A group from Spanish Adventure with students of San Carlos
Beranice (mom Camilo and Juan) doing her magic in the kitchen. She is the matriarch of this space. Loved her extrodinary energy.
Don’t have these roadsigns in Montana. We did see a monkey on one of our adventures hiking.
Mike and Sarah at the Atipico bar. Favorite shot was Ruso Negro.
Before the last Saturday Spanish Adventure. Gypsy went with Viv and me to a high waterfall. She has been rapidly socialized by being in so many situations: flying, new people, new cat, cows, Columbian dogs, horses.
Water was mountain cold, felt great.

Madeline Island Slowdown

Niles, Mike and I caught one of the last trips of the ferry from Bayfield to Madeline Island on the 11th after flying from Bozeman, Montana to Minneapolis, MN. The ferry operator was super efficient in affect and motion to guide trailers, cars, bikes and pedestrians on and off the boat in the the dark. You can tell locals from tourists easily by T-shirt age, posture and affect. We had our phones out snapping the moon. Gawking and ahhhing. Full tourist mode in new clothes and excited faces.

The Ferry empties it’s tourists straight into La Pointe. We stayed a block from where we landed. We joined in with groups of family finding what they wanted in and out of the shops and bars, woods and water. From the condo porch we could see the town’s main bar. Story has it that the bar burned enough times that now just the large tarp is the roof solution. Lots of happy noise comes from the place, live music. There was also live music in the park in front of the Tavern and an open market.

The goal of this trip was to get with family and do a lot of visiting while celebrating Andrea and Bob’s wedding. Andrea and Bob come regularly to the Island to get away. Their wedding and party was held at Joni’s Beach a short walk from where we stayed at the Bell Street Tavern. Bob and Andrea said their vows privately on the dock while the wedding party clapped our support.

My favorite private moment for myself was at the Ojibwe burial ground saved in the 1980s from development. Mike and I had a good sit there by the marina. Under a tarp, there is a carved canoe. The signage there prompted me to find this website to read more about the significance of the Island and its people: https://www.lakesuperior.com/the-lake/madeline-island-anishinaabeg-home-of-the-golden-breasted-flicker/

From where we stayed in La Pointe, we could also walk from the condos to a Wilderness Park within the Casper trails which we started calling the Fairy Forrest. There is a kid camp that had built lean-tos on deadfall all over the understory giving the feeling of otherworldly inhabitants.

For us, the significance of this trip was being plucked from our tasks of make-ready for our upcoming trip to South America and instead be with relatives, make meals together and listen to family stories. I’m thankful to Andrea and Bob for making this possible.