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I Thought Sundays were Supposed to be for Relaxation...What a Day!

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Day 7: I managed to record my first YouTube video, survive an earthquake aftershock, and averted a video editing crisis!

I just needed to unwind by going for a walk in the park (Parque La Retreta)

Filming Episode 1 of Saucy Sundays

Today started out great because I was filming my very first video for my new series, Saucy Sundays. The dish of the day was Sancocho de Pescado con Leche de Coco. Everything was perfect! I had gathered most of the ingredients earlier in the week and snagged a few extra items while on my food tour yesterday. I even woke up amazed at how clear the sky was, and by how quiet the streets were. It was truly a perfect day for filming. In just three hours, I had managed to film all the content I needed for my first thirty-minute episode.

Before I began editing, I cleaned up my mess, did some laundry, and took a short walk around my neighborhood. The weather outside was still perfect! It was when I returned to my apartment, that the mess began.

Although my laptop is brand new, editing my video proved to be more difficult than I had expected. I ended up having to use Canva to edit the whole thing. Annoying I know! While that was not the worst of it, I was more annoyed at the fact that I wasn't happen with the angles in my video. My phone stand was too short, and my head was cut out of frame for the majority of the video. I think the best thing was the fact that I remembered to pack my professional mic (the audio is great in my opinion). Regardless, I managed to still push through!

When things FINALLY started to go my way, a personal thought popped in my head and left me feeling seriously anxious. I knew I needed to take a break, sit down on my nice cushy living room chair, and have a conversation with God. I was simply telling Him what my issue was, and how I was confused, lost and a bit anxious. I knew that I couldn't overcome my thoughts on my own, so I asked for help and a sign.

I'm Shook: The 5.2 Earthquake & Aftershock

Immediately after asking God for guidance and direction, I started to feel dizzy. It was like the room was spinning. I had to think to myself, "Did I eat enough, or drink enough water today?" Then I started to feel my chair move. I raised my head to look at the wall in front of me (my head was down because I was praying), and that's when I saw it. The mounted TV was shaking uncontrollably, and I could hear the dishes clatter in my kitchen behind me. It was another earthquake! Bogota had just had one a week and a half earlier. Lord, is this you? I began to think out loud.

I wasn't sure how long the earthquake would last, so I immediately grabbed my passport wallet off the coffee table in front of me and stuffed it in my bra. If the building was going down, I wouldn't be stuck here without a place to go. The 2nd thing I could think of was to turn the gas valve off. Again, if the building fell, I didn't want to get blown up before I could race down all four flights of stairs. Do you see why I am not a fan of bad weather and natural disasters? I have watched too many movies and documentaries on these things. My mind just goes to these scary places. The few seconds of shaking felt like an eternity.

How can an earthquake so far, feel so near?

After the shaking stopped, I called my parents so that they could talk me off the ledge. Of course, they gave me the speech, "no one told you to be traveling alone in another country in the first place!" They are just so insensitive, aren't they!?

The earthquake, paired with my conversation with God and my video editing madness, left me feeling defeated! I knew that there was only one thing I could do. Be out and nature. Strange huh? I find my peace when I am out in nature, and yet, mother nature is what I fear the most. Maybe I'll ask my therapist about that one! After walking around the park for 45 minutes, and chatting with one of my besties, I felt emotionally stable enough to head back home to finish my editing. Unfortunately, things still didn't go the way I had planned. I had to upload my video in two parts, and I didn't realize that I wasn't allowed to add external links in my description section. What a BUST! Any who...I started, I am learning, and that is all that matters for now!

Your friend,

BrookeLynn the Friendly Blooger

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