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Last month, Maya and I had our first adventure travelling around the world. We decided to take Maya to Colombia to visit my family and friends, and see where Simon and I first thought about starting a family. Adding up the four plane trips we took and it was a total of a little more than 20 hours to arrive at my native home – but Maya was an amazingly good travel companion.


Honestly, I was concerned about the number of hours, the number of flights, the time change to her routine, etc. Our longest plane flight, 13 hours from Auckland to LA, Maya got a bassinet from the airline and the plane departed really late so she was already asleep, plus I was blessed that I had four seats just for me, so these factors made the flight much easier. The flight attendants were extremely helpful, they offered me drinks often because they knew how easy it is to get dehydrated and helped me with Maya when it was needed.


In Los Angeles, customs was a little slow and there was no extra line for families or special circumstances. After this boring part, the next plane was relatively easy, although Maya and I were a bit tired (I am sure I was more tired than her, hahaha). On the planes the attendants always put us in rows with spare seats, so it made the flights much smoother for us.

Our time in Colombia so far has been great. The first weeks we had to take slowly to let Maya adjust to a different time zone and a change in her patterns. Fortunately Maya adjusted really quickly and that was a huge relief to me that she wasn’t distressed or upset by all the changes. She did wake up during the night a few times during the first few days, but in the second or third week she was absolutely coping with her new routine.


In the first few weeks we changed Maya’s ‘style’. She now wears beautiful earrings, and her hair has been cut short because of a worn patch at the back, and a number of different lengths in various places. Her way of going to sleep was to rub her head from side to side against the mattress, which wore all the hair off the back of her head; The consequence of this particular way of getting to sleep was to make her look like a pineapple or a little hen, with long and black hair on top and nothing at the back. So, therefore it was decided a new haircut was needed, and she looks gorgeous.

With her new look, Maya looks even more like Simon. On a large number of occasions, people have asked me if I am her nanny because she does not look like me at all. I have decided to say that I have stolen her from the neighborhood or I found her in a box on the street and now I am keeping her, hahaha.


We have had many visits from family and friends, and Maya has been so excited by the new environment. The buses, taxis, crowds of people around her busy shopping centers, etc. These are really new for her. She looks at everything with a surprised expression on her face, I think she enjoys the new environment, but she may be appreciated nice quiet Palmerston North when we get back.

She has been spending a lot time with her cousins, who love her very much. It has been nice to see these three little people, each with their own personality and expressing their love in a different way. Sometime Nicolas, who is now one year old, crawls over top of Maya without noticing she is there, but Maya also likes to take his toy away from him and make him cry, and Anny, the oldest, is the one who looks after them. She sets the example for them, and sometimes her example can be quite dramatic, hahaha.


The time has been flying here, and Maya has been growing up so fast. She currently has two teeth, she is sitting up with help, and (sort of) crawling. She has also started on solid food and has taken a liking to avocados and mangos – but not at the same time.

We will soon start organizing ourselves for the return to New Zealand. Another 20 hours of travel are waiting for us, but I am sure everything is going to be easy, smooth, and comfortable for both of us.


Posted by erika_simon 10:28 Archived in Colombia

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