The food, music, and other cultural aspects are
a real treat. After leaving the office I spend my time traveling around this beautiful seaside city and enjoying all that it has to offer.
I realize that all this activity plus the flight has worn me out, so I head back to my comfortable room and quickly fall asleep. The next day after a Columbian breakfast, I decide to travel to the "old city". Cartagena has both the old and the new, which is where the office is located. The old city is very interesting. I saw ancient cannons and old buildings and churches. I cut my travels short to shower and prepare for my first social that night.
As I expected the beautiful girls were seated at numbered tables. We all were assigned a translator and went from table to table in an organized fashion. This activity was very pleasant. At the end of an hour or so, we all had met each of the ladies present. If one of the clients was interested in a lady, it was a simple matter to let your translator know and a date could be arranged.
Once this activity was complete, the music pumped up and everyone began to dance. What a great time! When the social concluded, many of the clients went out afterwards
with a lady that interested them. However, on this occasion, I simply went out for a drink with a few of the guys as I was not especially interested in any of the
ladies I met.
next day, the office manager had several girls who were not at the social that she suggested I have a date with. I agreed and had a great time the rest of the day
with several beautiful girls who were eager to show me their city. Now it was Saturday and time for the second social. Remember, this was a completely new set of
girls to meet. The process was the same and I circulated from table to table. I must admit that I was a bit disappointed that I had not met a girl that especially
interested me. However, while I was sitting at the very last table. A girl and her friend arrived late. She sat next to me and I was delighted. We began to chat with
the help of my translator and danced the rest of the evening. I asked her if she would like to meet the next day and she said yes. Well, when we met the next day
it was clear to me and my translator that we felt the same about each other. It was great. Although the manager had several dates lined up for me, I had to decline
as I wanted to spend my time with Lina. Her picture is included.
Although this was a seven day tour, I spent the rest of the time with her. Normal AFA wisdom would say that I should have dated as many girls as possible, but we really enjoyed each other's company. I wanted to know as much as possible about her and life in Columbia. She felt the same about myself and life in America.
However, all good things must come to an end. She accompanied me to the airport. It was sad to depart and she cried.
We are still friends on Skype and Facebook and communicate often. I must admit that there is a difference in our ages. For this reason it probably would not work, although this did not concern her.
Perhaps, I will have the opportunity to visit her again. We both would enjoy that.
What is the lesson for you? Nothing will happen unless you travel to the country of your choice. Letters are fine, but they will never take the place of meeting face to face as I learned. I have many friends who did this and met their one and only and are happily married.
So, make plans to get on a plane and travel to the country of your choice. You will not be sorry.