I have this niece who two years ago left her cushy life in Oregon to teach English in Bogota, Colombia. Turns out she likes it a lot — teaching and Colombia. A big Christmas gathering recently brought her to our doorstep, but a few months back it was Son No. 3 knocking at hers. It was the last stop of his transcontinental tour, and she made it a memorable one.
For him, Colombia brought the “grass always looks greener on the other side” idiom to life: “I’d been on the other side of the equator, and they were coming out of winter at that point. So Argentina was rather brown, Chile was brown, Lima was brown and like a desert. Then I hit Bogota, Columbia, which is extremely close to the equator, and it was very green.”