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Pedro


"I actually have lots of friends, but I can’t really meet them. Life as an architect kind of means not having any free time, and although I haven’t graduated yet, I can already tell (laughs). I live with my parents and I have been living with them for all my life. We live in a big house in the rural areas of Sogamoso. I like to draw; actually I like all kinds of arts. Dancing, photography, playing the piano. I enjoy all of these a lot. Also, I love to come here (Café La Montaña) with my friends - when I have the time to. To be honest, there aren’t many places to go to in the city, to hang out or to do stuff. So, what we do is just walking around, talking about different things. Or as I said, meeting here in La Montaña. I think this actually is my favorite place in Sogamoso. It is some sort of special to me. It’s just different from others, I don’t know how to describe it. But it’s very peaceful. I can read here, I can be focused on my work. I don’t know, I just think it’s a very interesting place.
When talking about Sogamoso in general, of course, I have many connections here. Sogamoso is the city where I’ve grown up. I’ve been here all my life. All of my friends, or well, the majority of them lives here. And there’s also the economical aspect. Last semester I was studying in Bucaramanga. The cost of living there is so high, so expensive. So in comparison to that, Sogamoso is a lot more cost-efficient. I enjoy being able to move around the city without having to pay a cab all the time or having to take a bus. You just start to appreciate your city. But anyway… I won’t be here in future times, I guess. I mean, I want to know more countries, more places, more cities. Actually, my dream is to live in the United States. I’ve always loved that country. There’s no special reason for this, but I’ve always loved it. And for my career it probably would be better, too. There are just too many architects around here. And it’s so difficult to find interesting projects to do. Projects that are important for your city or for your country. So you have to be well-known to get those job offers. And I think moving to another country and continuing my education there will open up more possibilities for me. So yes, this is what I plan for the future, basically. Becoming an architect, getting to know different places, cultures - you learn so much through that, you know - and getting married, of course (laughs). But I have to work hard for all of this. And at the moment, I also miss the time with my friends a lot."

"En realidad tengo muchos amigos, pero la verdad no me puedo reunir con ellos a menudo, La vida como arquitecto tiende a significar el hecho de no tener tiempo libre, y aunque aún no me he graduado, ya lo puedo decir (risas). Vivo con mis padres y he estado viviendo con ellos durante toda mi vida. Vivimos en una casa grande en una zona rural de Sogamoso. Me gusta dibujar; En realidad me gusta todo lo que tiene que ver con el arte. El baile, la fotografía, tocar el piano. Disfruto este tipo de cosas. Además me encanta venir aquí (Café de la Montaña) con mis amigos - cuando tengo tiempo para hacerlo. Para ser honesto, en la ciudad no hay muchos lugares a los que se pueda ir a pasar el rato o a hacer diferentes cosas,  así que, lo que hacemos es simplemente caminar, hablar de cosas diferentes, o cómo dije, reunirnos acá en La Montaña. De hecho, creo que este es mi lugar favorito de Sogamoso, porque es en cierto sentido especial para mí. Es simplemente diferente de los demás lugares, no sé cómo describirlo pero, es muy tranquilo. Aquí puedo leer, puedo concentrarme sí estoy trabajando en algo, no lo sé, sólo creo que es un lugar muy interesante.
Cuando hablo de Sogamoso en general, por supuesto, tengo que decir que tengo muchas conexiones acá. Sogamoso es la ciudad donde he crecido. He estado aquí toda mi vida, todos mis amigos o bueno, la mayoría de ellos viven acá. Y también está el aspecto económico. El semestre pasado, estaba estudiando en Bucaramanga. El costo de vida es muy alto, es muy caro allá por lo que, al hacer una comparación, Sogamoso resulta siendo mucho más rentable. Disfruto el hecho de poder moverme por la ciudad sin tener que pagar taxis todo el tiempo, o sin tener que tomar buses. Simplemente empiezas a apreciar tu ciudad. Aunque de todos modos… Supongo que no estaré aquí en el futuro, es decir, quiero conocer más países, más lugares, más ciudades. De hecho, mi sueño es vivir en los Estados Unidos. Siempre he amado ese país, no hay una razón especial, pero siempre me ha encantado. Y puede que también sea mejor para mi carrera. Hay demasiados arquitectos acá, y es muy complicado encontrar proyectos interesantes para hacer. Me refiero a los proyectos que son importantes para tu ciudad o para tu país, tienes que ser conocido para obtener esas ofertas de trabajo, por lo que creo que mudarme a otro país y continuar mi educación allí, abrirá más posibilidades. Así que sí, esto es lo que planeo para el futuro, básicamente. Convertirme en un arquitecto, conocer diferentes lugares, culturas, se aprende mucho a través de eso, y al casarse también, por supuesto (risas). Sin embargo, tengo que trabajar duro para lograr todo eso. Y en este momento también extraño un montón el hecho de pasar tiempo con mis amigos."

- Pedro

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