explore the areas of Otavalo ( a small city in northern Ecuador and Medellín ( large city in Columbia) . I traveled alone , studied spanish and hiked in Otavalo, then joined my daughter in Medellin for ten days. I painted and journaled everyday. Here are some excerpts from my sketch book . The colors, textures and shapes surrounding me all found their way into my journals both written and visual. I returned home inspired and committed to return .