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“Once I arrived from the United States, I was looking in my town for work. One of the first options I got was a placement in Sogamoso - it was my first time living here. I spent three years here first, then lived in Tunja for a year, and finally returned back to Sogamoso this year. I have worked in different schools: private, public, and in institutions in Sogamoso. Most of my professional experience comes from this city, and teaching English to young people, teenagers, and adults. I spend a lot of time teaching, but since I am doing my master’s degree, when I’m not working I am usually reading books or writing essays. Sogamoso is important to me because I feel as though many of the major checkpoints in my life I’ve experienced here in this city. I started a new job, bought my first motorcycle, then my first car, I fell in love, and I had a baby. When I left Sogamoso to live in Tunja for a year, I was offered another teaching position to return to Sogamoso and I thought to myself, “Why Sogamoso again?” So to me, it was meant to be. The people here are very welcoming, and have a lot of humility; they’re ready to receive people from other places and are very interested in new people. Music is my life, and one of the things I like to do the most is meet with friends at “Project X” which is a rock bar here in Sogamoso, they play good music and I like to have a coffee and a beer with my friends there. I realized it must be fate that I returned, because it is a good place and has become a good place for me to grow.”

“Cuando llegué de los Estados Unidos, estaba buscando trabajo en mi ciudad. Una de las primeras opciones que obtuve fue una oferta en Sogamoso: Fue la primera vez que viví aquí. Pasé tres años aquí primero, luego viví en Tunja durante un año y finalmente regresé a Sogamoso este año. He trabajado en diferentes escuelas: Privadas, públicas y en varias instituciones en Sogamoso. La mayor parte de mi experiencia profesional la he adquirido en esta ciudad, y de la enseñanza de inglés a jóvenes, adolescentes y adultos. Paso mucho tiempo enseñando, pero ya que estoy haciendo mi maestría, cuando no estoy trabajando, por lo general leo libros o escribo ensayos. Sogamoso es importante para mí porque siento que muchos de las principales experiencias de mi vida las he vivido aquí en esta ciudad. Comencé un nuevo trabajo, compré mi primera motocicleta, luego mi primer automóvil, me enamoré y tuve un bebé. Cuando dejé Sogamoso para vivir en Tunja durante un año, me ofrecieron de nuevo ser profesor en Sogamoso y pensé: "¿Por qué Sogamoso otra vez?" Así que para mí, que estaba destinado a estar aquí. La gente aquí es muy acogedora, y tiene mucha humildad; están abiertos para recibir personas de otros lugares y están muy interesados ​​en nuevas personas. La música es mi vida, y una de las cosas que más me gusta es reunirme con amigos en el “Proyecto X”, que es un bar de rock aquí en Sogamoso, tocan buena música y me gusta tomar un café o una cerveza con mi amigos allí. Me di cuenta que debió ser mi destino, porque es un buen lugar para vivir y me ha ayudado a crecer.”

- Willian


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