Hi! I am writing from Colombia!
Something happened to me last weekend with a touring cyclist from Poland.
Even though I have my Warm Shower address in Sevilla (Valle del Cauca), we agreed to spend one night in my family’s coffee farm between Calarca and Armenia (Quindío) - (Armenia is 60 Km far from Sevilla).
First, he arrived to Armenia on last Thursday afternoon, because I wanted to meet him there to continue pedaling together to the coffee farm. I also invited some friends of mine. We spent a nice night in the farm eating and telling stories, and listening to the polish singing some songs while played his guitar.
Next day (on Friday), we woke up early and packed all our stuffs, and started our ride to Sevilla (The polish and me only, my friends stayed in Armenia). It was a long day on the bike; we arrived at 5 o’clock to my home in Sevilla. I introduced him my cousin and aunt, had dinner and went to bed because we were really tired.
On Saturday), I woke up a little bit later because I wanted to rest well, I realized that the Polish was awake since early morning, he was reading a book and drinking a cup of coffee. We spent the day touring throughout Sevilla and took his bike with the mechanic to do some settings. In the afternoon we stayed at home resting. We received an invitation from my friends in Armenia to eat roast meat, I talked to him about the idea, and after thinking he agreed with me and friends, so we got back to Armenia but traveling by bus at night.
Note: I want to highlight that this man is very quiet, sometimes very serious, but until that moment he had been very kind, and very thankful with me, family and friends.
All was going well, but after we ate he started to show a strange behavior, he move away from us, and looked like a sad person, we asked him what was happening but he didn’t say anything. So, I decided to get back go home (Armenia) to sleep; I asked him at home “hey man what’s happening?” I didn´t receive an answer.
On Sunday morning we got back Sevilla, I was really worried about his behavior, he didn´t pronounce a word in the travel to Sevilla. We arrived home, he packed, and he didn’t want to drink a cup of coffee I offered, and he also wanted to eat breakfast that my aunt offered him kindly. I think he was angry for something due to his face expressions (I hope to stay wrong), but he didn´t take time to explain me what was happening. He got out of home and didn´t say thanks to my family, even he didn´t say bye; the only thing he said was “I’m going to continue my travel to Tulua”. I said “ok, but tell me what´s happening? Are you sick? Tell me what’s happening! My family is really worried about your attitude!” He looked at me, and got on his bike and departed without saying anything!
What should I do in this case?
I am really concerned about the behavior of this man in my home, because he affected the peace in my family. We always have been good people, open minded, and this case has affected my relationship with my family! They told me that I shouldn’t receive more cyclists at home to avoid that kind of negative situations!
Would you give me an advice?
Should I provide a negative feedback telling what happened?
Mauro from Colombia.