"What's in ten days? Why didn't you correct that typo where you wrote TT instead of T? What's going on? Tell me now!!!" ...is what I would be asking (loudly) if I read that title on somebody else's blog.
You didn't ask me, but I'll assume that's because you're not actually next to me and can't just ask me. You'd have to post a comment and wait for me to see it and then reply and then at some point, probably days later, you'd know. I'll just tell you right here.
Remember when I wrote "when I get back to Colombia"? Well, that's because I'm leaving Colombia. Not forever! Just for a little while, for 2.5 months, to be exact.
Now, I think that some of you will already have made the connection at this point. Remembering past blog entries, figuring out the wordplay in the title, you know...
For those who haven't figured it out, let's go step by step. There's a countdown, I'm leaving the country in ten days, the question is where am I going. We all know it's not back to Europe. I just left, I can't already go back, so let's not discuss this (Yes, I'm talking to you, grandma.). OK, what's the one place that I've been going crazy about like a four-year-old does with Christmas? You know, the place I couldn't wait to get to and then enjoyed inmensely while there and then constantly remembered after leaving? No, it's not a bar. Shut up now, I don't drink that much.
Of course it's Trinidad and Tobago!!!
How come I suddenly decided to really go there and not just dream about it like I did before? Well, the thing is I'm really not bound to Cartagena or Colombia in any way. I don't own anything here, I don't work here, I'm really just a tourist - in the eyes of any state official. I've known that all along, but I only really realised it a little while ago, having to explain to lots of new people what I do for a living. I mean, I got this job so I'd be able to take my work with me wherever I go, so why not actually go places? All I need is my computer and an internet connection, it's that easy. Yes, I've come to Colombia, but I mean more places. Being Austrian is wonderful, not just for the plain fact of being Austrian. It's also wonderful, because as an Austrian I get 90 days in a place without a visa, that's three months. Three months to explore a place, get to know it really well, and figure out if I want to stay longer. And when I find that place where I really want to stay, like stay stay, for a long time, then I can figure out ways of getting a residence permit for more than three months. So I'm going to start moving around now. And TT is the first step.
I was a little put off at first by rent prices in Port of Spain. That city is freaking expensive!! More expensive than Cartagena, or Bogotá, or even Vienna. I mean, seriously? 1,500 USD for a tiny apartment, that's a little too much. But here's where my incredible luck enters the story. I was looking for places and couldn't find anything affordable, so I asked my friend Nella if she knew of anything and could maybe help me find something. And you know what she said? You know what she said?! She said I could stay with her!!! That girl is... she is... I don't even have words. Sometimes I am so amazed by what incredible friends I have, I don't even know how to react anymore. I really don't know if or how I deserve all this love I keep getting from people (like her, like Béa, like my family, like so many of the people in my life), I can only try my best to be as good a friend to them as they are to me.
So as soon as I was finally able to accept that she really meant it and wasn't just joking and grasp the meaning of that - namely, that I now really was able to go and wouldn't be stranded - I only had to find affordable flights. And, thanks to Spirit and Caribbean, I found them.
And this is where we are right now. In ten days, I'm leaving Cartagena to go up to Fort Lauderdale and fly down to Port of Spain the following day. Ten days.
Ten days to get all my things in order, ten days to pack (which is going to be a challenge, as I have more things than fit in my backpack - again), ten days to finish a work project so I don't have too much stress when I get there, ten days to say good-bye to all my friends here. That, unfortunately, includes Béa. But that's not going to be as hard as I now feel it'll be, because she might come visit me. Or, at least that's what I hope.
I'm very, very excited! And nervous. It's a big step after all to move to a new place, even if it's just for two and a half months. But still, the excitedness prevails, as I'm really, really, really looking forward to being back in TT. Really!
See you soon, TT.
PS: Sharks, prepare yourselves.