The simplicity of life always amazes me.

Los Santos, Colombia.

Sara Burdick
4 min readMay 4


Sunsets over the Canyon

As a teen, I was rebellious, with a mind of my own. Well, some things never change. I am sitting in a hostel on the side of the Chicamocha Canyon, the deepest canyon in Colombia.

It is 7:30 am. I am a morning person this week, and A/C D/C is playing on the stereo; a waft of memories flood back to, I would say, simpler times, but my life at the moment is as simple as it has ever been.

Curious cows

I also won’t lie; I never want to leave this hostel; in the morning, the birds wake me up, and the sun rises over the mountains and sets over the cliffs.

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

The weather is perfect up on the mountain, but down in the valley, that is a different story; it is hot, humid, and still beautiful.

Los Santos, Colombia

Here I am, a bit of an odd one out; I am in the mecca of rock climbing. Did I know this before coming?

Of course.

I have been eying this place for the past five years, and I kept saying I would go, and then I came. I am not rock climbing; I would love to learn, but on these cliffs, no way.

So instead, I will enjoy the walks I can take around the canyons. Yesterday I went to the bottom of the canyon, to the smallest village in Colombia! It was incredible, and my legs were sore, and I worked out and was active, close enough to rock climbing!

See the river? I walked there!

Maybe five years ago, I would have cared that I was not ¨one of the rock climbers¨, now I sit and listen to the music and observe. A guy newly runs the hostel from Bogota, and he, of course, is a rock climber.

Yet I am always amazed by people who venture out and defy the odds. I was in a relationship with someone who…



Sara Burdick

I quit the rat race after working as a nurse for 16 years. Travel and Storyteller.