Looking back on this post, I had no idea what my time in Colombia would entail. I knew I was leaving a lot behind in Minnesota, but I came here with an open heart, wide eyes and courage - I wanted to see the world (or at least a small new part of it). I made a list of things I would miss about Minnesota and a list of things I couldn't wait to experience in Colombia.
What was on that list?
Things like #3: I really want to become a solid regular at a good coffee cafe, I sincerely hope this works out.
About a week ago I stopped in on of the many Juan Valdez locations in Cali. This particular location is in a mall named Unicentro. This is close to my first apartment, close to Kelsi's first apartment, close to the public transportation system of the Mio and the bus stops there everyday on the way home from school. Needless to say, I am there a lot and so is Kelsi. On this particular day I stopped in but didn't quite feel like coffee, so I ordered a mango smoothie.
When my order was ready, I went up to the counter to pick it up, and the guy working asks me where my mocha was. LOVE. He recognized me AND knew what my normal drink was. Hooooray! I love when this happens! I don't know why, but there is just something about being a regular that makes me feel happy and secure, like I really live here. :)
Misson accomplished: I am a regular.