I am an African-American male with a Ph.D. and post-doctoral studies in Theology and Philosophy. Contrary to the TAK (Traditional Analysis of Knowledge), I believe that Inspiration is also a source of knowledge, therefore my blog, Provocative Inspiration
Thank You Note to the Couple that made Backpacking Possible
Written February, 2017
Thanks to the Two of You!
So much to
say, So much to feel, I hardly know where to begin!
always seems to be an appropriate starting point. So, thanks to the both of you
for all the support that you have given to me at least for the last three
It was in
June of 2014 that I renewed my passport and began my travel for peace,
reconciliation, love of Spanish and possibly a residence somewhere in Latin
There is no question that we have been an
extreme blessing to each other!
I have deep
gratitude for all those times that I took a break and came to your home and was
And especially during the holidays when I was still grieving the loss
of my sister and spent Thanksgiving with Jake’s family
that, I was in a space of nowhere and dealing with my own realities. And to be
perfectly honest, I, often, still feel that I am in a space of nowhere, dealing
expatriate is NO JOKE! It is hard as hell, but sometimes, it is necessary.
news is that I finally had a breakthrough in Guadalajara. I finally had some
reconciliation of peace with respect to the loss of my sister, being OK to
spend time with my family during the holidays, especially my mother.
And if for some reason, I don’t make it there,
at least it will not be for all of those past, tiring reasons. The other
breakthrough was my fluency in speaking and understanding Spanish. I spoke
Spanish fluently and understood EVERYTHING, ANYBODY said to me!!! Yay, I had
been working towards and waiting for this moment for such a long time!
I am tired
of scouting from country to country and need to settle somewhere for a while
and get a dog! Guadalajara and Medellin are the two choices. Antigua Guatemala
is a third choice because I have good friends there, but the volcano erupts too
frequently. When it does erupt, ashes
are everywhere and it is such a nuisance!!
Guadalajara, Mexico has a slight edge because it was the city that I had multiple breakthroughs and
the people are very nice. One taxi cab driver, who once lived in the States,
told me, he pays $100 a month for rent! Hahaha.
However, I need to go to
Medellin one more time just to make sure. I really love the city and the
relaxed spirit that is there. It also may be somewhat cheaper than Guadalajara.
It has been
here in Lima, where I seem to be stuck for a minute or two that I have begun to
bite the bullet and make this necessary adjustment in my life. There are still
things I need to do to make this transition and I hope that within the next two
or three months, I can.
always been unhappy about our contact with each other. I very rarely, if ever,
get a first strike “hello, how are you doing, from either of you. I always make
the first strike and have to wait many days and even weeks for a response,
especially from Jake. My problem is the reconciliation that I have to make when
I have seen you guys for hours on end, on your cell phone; and Jake even
texting while driving.