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


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.


(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.

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


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:


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

Delicious hot drinks at Café Con-Verso.

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.