Each morning I would wake up with the sun and work on my writing until mid-day. When I was staying in Bogota I would explore the the city on my skateboard when I was done writing. I found a really great book store in the city but my time in the country living on a farm was the most productive and inspired of my whole trip.
When I was in Medellin I rented an apartment right next to a skatepark and when I was done working each day I would go meet up with friends and skate. Except for the times I was meeting up with cute Colombiana’s which was always fun.
It was great fortune which led me to La Tortuga, a hostel in Taganga, a small fishing village on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The owner found something about my trip on social media and sent me a message asking if I wanted to stay for free and run the bar in her hostel. I thought it sounded like a fun opportunity and I had heard interesting things about the town..
There were two things I wrote in my notebook on my way $40 flight from Medellin to Taganga. One of them was I wanted to fish like Hemingway in the Caribbean, and the other was to bartend like Tom Cruise in Cocktail. I loved Taganga so much that I stayed for the rest of my trip. I made lifelong friends and without question can cross those goals off in my book. I am grateful to everyone I met in that wild town and I hope to be back soon.
The worst part of my trip was having my computer stolen the day I arrived in Taganga. It wasn’t anyone at the hostel, I think somehow the Taxi driver got it on my way from the airport. How I will never know. Needless to say, it brought the progress on my books to a halt. The silver lining was the time it left me to practice my writing and create more original content. I have many notebooks filled with short stories, poems, songs and all kinds of random observations but the main thing is that I truly think my writing improved.
Now I am back in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada. I have a new computer and I am back to my books and working on them each morning. It is a slow process but I am completing everything I set out to do. Everything is pushed back a little bit, but I am closer to the end now than ever.
If you were one of the people that pledged for my Kickstarter campaign first I will say thank you again. I want to reassure you that all rewards will be coming as soon as they are ready. Please consider this just a normal artistic delay and know that I am forever grateful for all the support.
I will be publishing some of the short stories I wrote in Colombia on Canadianhayes.com Click the follow button at the top of the screen to get an email alert when the first one comes out this Friday.