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Monday, August 01, 2005

Back in Transmilenio

I already said I'm taking French classes this year. Classes take place in downtown Bogotá where there's convenient transportation by the Transmilenio buses; the last 2 months the bus stop in front of the place I take classes was closed for repairs, which forced me to take buseta, a small bus which usually rides packed with passengers and wastes almost 1 hour to go downtown from home, while buses from the Transmilenio system take you there in 35 minutes, saving big in transportation time. Fortunately, the closed station finally reopened today so, bye bye buseta! (funny fact by the way: Buseta in brazilian portuguese does NOT mean small bus, I warn you!)

Feria de las Flores 2005

I really want to fly to Medellin to enjoy the Feria de las Flores (Flower's Festival) but all my friends work and don't have time to spare as I do right now. I still have a couple days to plan something.

To buy or not to buy?

For the last 3-4 months, I've been thinking about buying this motorcycle. I love it and I would certainly save a lot in gas, tolls and parking fees but, problem is, car drivers in Colombia don't like (hate!) to share the road with bikes. That scares me a bit and has held me up from going ahead and make the move...

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Tangerine season

These months in Colombia are the peak season for tangerine crops. I love tangerine and I'm eating like there's no tomorrow. Season's price for one box (25 juicy units in average) is $2000 Colombian pesos (US$ 0,87; this comes to about 3.5 cents per unit, not bad huh?)

Saturday, July 30, 2005

After almost 8 months...

I know it's been a long time since my last posting but anyway, I'm finally back.

I've been quite busy as a student. When I began school this year I thought I was going to have enough free time to work or doing something else, but after a while I realized I was devoting most of my time to it. Right now I'm in the middle of a 2-week recess (the longest during the school year) and that's why I'm reporting back here.

Quite a lot has happened at school; I began in January and also in paralell I took up French as I had promised to myself; each level at the university lasts 2 months and 1 month for French. I have already completed 3 levels in telecomm management and 6 in French. Right now I'm also at the end of my 6th French course so I'm taking it easy for a couple of days. It's been hard at school but the courses have been interesting so far and the best part is I have seen good progress in my managerial skills as I intended when I took up the course, since as an engineer those were almost zero. There's also an interesting side effect after taking 4 Law courses: I'm discovering a cruel lawyer that was hiding inside me, since now I have recurring desires to sue people, even those who give me bad looks on the street, hehehe. Also interesting, I have the chance to study along with 31 people that come from the largest telecomm companies in Colombia, which has given me an insider's look at how the industry in Colombia is doing; they have shown interest in why I'm out of work and have made me a few offers already. If that continues, I think it's going to be easy to find a job after I finish school.

I have about a month to define my grad project; I hope I can find a company willing to sponsor my project soon.

In my scarce free time I have tried to attend a few parties in order to socialize and practice my hardly earned salsa moves too.

It's funny, after having worked non-stop since 1989, I'm starting to enjoy a lot my current student life... I thing I should enjoy it while it lasts before going back to work.

In my last posting I complained about not having gas at home and, sadly, 8 months later I'm still waiting for that to happen. It seems that my home address shows that I have gas installed from an error some idiot should had made while entering my neighbor's address; since they trust more their database than me, I haven't been able to convince them I don't have service yet. Unfortunately, we are subject to the speed and will of our latin american utilities monopolies; after almost 1 year back here I'm starting to get used to the idea.

Well, I already spoke my mind out a bit, I hope my next posting is not a year from now...