Story of a Student
On the 23rd of September, one of our students Thomas started his first class within our institute. He stayed with us taking classes for 4 weeks, and ended on the 21st of October. He left immediately afterwards, to go travel more of Colombia. Now on the 2nd of December, he came and visited us at our school!
His passion is ultimate frisbee, and he found himself a team here in Bogotá! He wrote us an article discribing his adventures with the love of his life. Here is his story:
“It’s not often that i find opportunity for my passions to overlap but with a bit of meticulous planning this adventure has been just that.
Travelling and ultimate frisbee. I could rant for hours on the theories and complexities of ulitmate frisbee but for the sake of this article I would recommend those not familiar with the sport I would advise a simple search query via google or youtube.
Anway- travelling and ultimate frisbee- two of my greatest passions on this Earth. when I arrived in Bogotá in late September I had already acquired the contact info for some local teams and wasted no time in joining their scrimmages and practices.
What a culture shock. I was bewildered at the difference in playstyle, strategies, and intensity of the sport in Colombia. At 8,675 feet above sea level, a few hours of practice would leave me breathless. It wasn’t until the end of the scrimmage that the ultimate culture I knew and loved would shine through. That’s when everybody would gather together and head to the bar or plaza for drinks and to chat and banter for hours on end.
That’s when I knew I had made the right choice in coming here to Colombia.
From there on, the rest of my trip was dictated by the sport. A series of successes and failures of me trying to schedulein treks and visits to the coast in between ultimate frisbee tournaments that I had registered for.
llamada a la selva. The call to the jungle was my tournament here a few hours south of Bucaramanga. Three whole days of frisbee and camping in the jungle among hundreds of other players (mostly Colombians). My team accepted me with open arms and after 3 long days of pool ´play and knockout stage we walked (or limped) away with the 3rd place title, the award for spirit champions, and most importantly new friends.
I can only hope that one of them can come to my city [Portland, Oregon] in the future so that I may return the great hospitality.
After my initial 6 weeks of training with various club and university teams in Bogotá, one of them had offered me a spot on their roster for DV2600.
Disd Volador 2600. Although I didn’t know it then, this is the largest tournament on the continent- attracting teams from as far away as Argentina and Canada. What an honor it is to be invited to such an event. So here I find myself once more in Bogotá this first week of December. Back to where my passion for travelling and frisbee first collided and back to all the new friends I made along the way.
The tournament is just 10 days away now and I can hardly wait.
Wish me luck!”
Thomas, Everyone here at Whee Institute wishes you the best of luck in your upcoming tournament starting the 8th of December, and all the other tournaments going to you in your future!