Don Oscar

Eran las 11 de la mañana y nosotras hibamos corriendo por el medio del mercado de Santa Marta para pegar el bus hacia Tayrona. Por fin llegamos al local y el bus ya estava llenisimo. Mis dos compañeras encuentran dos asientos vacios y atras de ellas estava un asiento vacio a la par de un señor con una gorrita en la cabeza, jeans sucios, de blusa beige, y sudando a la par de la ventana. La verdad que parecia que nadien queria sentarse a la par de el. Pero yo no recibi ninguna vibra mala de el y le pregunte si me podia sentar a la par de el y me dijo, "claro señorita." Paso el cobrador. A mi me cobro 7,000 pesos para Tayrona, al señor le queria cobrar 6,000 para su destino. El señor le dijo una retajila que la verdad yo no entendi y le pago 5,000 pesos. Se intercambiaron mas palavras entre ellos por el costo pero al final el señor gano la batalla. Pasaron algunos minutos y me pregunto a mi cuanto me cobraron y yo le dije que 7,000 pesos. "Te vieron cara de turista. Yo voy mas lejos que usted y a mi me querian cobrar 6,000 pesos pero yo no me dejo, no señor!" Desde alli la conversacion con el señor no paro. Aprendi que el hiba en camino para su finquita donde cresce diferentes frutas y vegetales. Tambien queria ullir un poco del calor que hacia en Santa Marta. El pasaria el medio dia llenando su bolsita con comida cual llevara de regreso a su familia a Santa Marta esa misma tarde. Me conto que tiene una hija de 7 años, quien es linda y muy inteligente. El hablo mucho sobre la educacion y como el se esforza mucho para darle la mejor educacion a su hija. "La educacion es la cosa mas valiosa para una persona. Es la unica cosa que ellos no nos pueden quitar. Y ademas de salir adelante con ella, tambien te puedes defender. Le aconsejo que siempre busque una manera de seguir aprendiendo." Intercambiamos mas palabras sobre mi viaje, politica, problemas de nuestros paises, musica vallenata (le encanto hablar sobre vallenato!), y nuestras familias. El tenia mucho interes en aprender mas sobre El Salvador. Mi parada llego despues de una hora. Intercambiamos nombres, le di la mano, y nos decimos adios! "Disfruta la playa! Bebe mucha agua!" Gracias por las palavras Don Oscar!

 


It was 11 a.m. and we were running through the mercado of Santa Marta to get to the bus that would take us to Tayrona. Finally we get to the bus and it was extremely packed! My two friends find two empty seats and behind them was an empty seat next to an old man with a little hat on, dirty jeans, beige shirt, and sweating next to the window. It almost seemed like anyone getting on the bus was avoiding sitting next to him. But I did not get any bad vibe from him and asked him if it was okay to sit next to him and he responded with “of course miss.” The fare guy passes by. He charged me 7,000 pesos to Tayrona and he wanted to charge the man 6,000 pesos for his destination. The man said a bunch of things I did not understand and he paid the fare guy 5,000 pesos. They interchanged more words over the fare but in the end the man won the battle. A few minutes pass and he asked me how much I had been charged and I told him 7,000 pesos. “ They saw you with a tourist face. I am going farther than you and they wanted to charge me 6,000 pesos but I don’t allow that, no señor!” From there the conversation with the man with the hat did not stop. I learned that he was headed towards a little field he owned where he grows his own fruits and vegetables. He also wanted to escape the heat in Santa Marta. He would spend the afternoon picking and filling up his bag with food which he would take back to his family in Santa Marta that same evening. He shared with me that he has a 7 year old daughter whom he described as beautiful and very intelligent. He spoke a lot about education and how he works really hard to give his daughter the best education possible. “Education in the most valuable thing an individual can obtain. It is the only thing they can not take away from us. And aside from better opportunities you can also defend yourself. I advise you to always look for ways to keep learning.” We exchanged more words about my trip, the different problems in our countries, vallenato music (he was very passionate about this subject!), and our families. He was very interested in learning more about my country, El Salvador. We got to my stop after an hour on the road. We exchanged names, shook hands, and said our goodbyes. “Enjoy the beach! Drink lots of water!” Thank you for the words Don Oscar!