Five years ago my wonderful mother departed this mortal coil; we shared 48-years on this earth, a lot longer than I imagined we would. 92-years of age is a pretty good innings.
If there is indeed an ‘after life’ I’m pretty sure St. Peter opened those pearly gates, on an unusually warm and sunny afternoon, in May 2013, and gave ‘Dobbie’ a particularly special welcome. You see my mum was a particularly special person.
Five years ago I quit my full time job, a job that I had enjoyed for some 20 years, to go ‘travelling’ in Latin America. So called because Spanish, French and Portuguese are the predominant languages. A continent consisting of South America and Central America. A continent stretching from Chille in the South to Mexico in the North. A continent that I have strangely fallen in love with. I always thought that Asia was my true love!
Latin America, including the Caribbean, consists of nineteen sovereign states and several territories and dependencies which cover an area of approximately 19,197,000 km2 (7,412,000 sq mi), almost 13% of the Earth’s land surface area. As of 2016, its population was estimated at more than 639 million
Initially I had planned to do it all in one or two years straight. As it turned out it actually took five years, consisting of four month bite-size chunks.
This year, 2017, I have decided to return to two of my favourite countries, within this amazing, beautiful, diverse, and edgy continent – Guatemala and Colombia. My love of these two countries, not to say that I don’t have other favourites, is all down to the people that I have had the pleasure to meet and have true and meaningful interaction with.
Over the next few months I hope to write more about my journey ahead.
For now, Feliz Navidad (Happy Christmas).