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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Bucaramanga

After Cartagena I took a bus to Bucaramanga, where Sierra lives, and it was so absurdly late that I didn’t get to her house until three o’clock in the morning. She had to get up again in a couple of hours to teach, but that didn’t stop her greeting me with a hot meal, cooked on the spot.

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(I really do have the awesomest friends in the world.)

We spent a very happy week and a half together. Sierra threw a beautiful dinner party with all her friends (from school and elsewhere), I continued to get really good work done on the children’s novel, I lounged in the hammock reading Outliers and The Historian, and I even sat in on her classes one day.

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Sierra is one of those wonderfully inspired and inspiring teachers. She spends hours decorating her classroom at the beginning of the year.

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She took me to the multi-level central market downtown, where fortunately the animal products were located on a separate level from the beautiful fruits, veggies, and herbs:

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We picked up ingredients for vegan pesto and roasted garlic and tomato soup.

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Delicious hot drinks at Café Con-Verso.

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You can tell how much she loves her life. Spending time with people like this makes you even happier than you already are!

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.