The sight I see and still enjoy is the sight of the mountains against which the old and east of Bogota reclines. I see them with the dawn, I see them in the early morning, I see them in the late afternoon and after dark I see the lights. (I mean I have good views.) The mountains are green and you can see the individual trees, but near the top the foliage wears thin and you see the patient, rising rock. There is often a grey fog along the mountains, sometimes a band of clouds white in the sunlight, and when the rain is coming, you can see it coming down the mountains. They brood and satisfy, the mountains, and on their lower slopes rises the city, the highest tower standing in the foreground, straight and slim and half as high.
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Borges made me glad with a line about parapets cracked by the usury of time. I have at last been feeling a slackening of the struggle of the Spanish against me. I can read articles with clarity and ease now, I can speak without concentrating, I have acquired the bad habit of dropping my Ds like a Colombian, and Borges is becoming a familiar spirit. It is becoming a medium of my consciousness again, the Spanish.
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I travel in the dark before the dawn and in the dark after sunset. There is a pleasant sense of evening to the city the early morning does not have. I am searching for evidence of something external operating on my consciousness, rather than something I supply, but without success. I hear the fowls all making melody in the morning, not the evening, and I wonder if that is part of it—they sleep all the night with open eyes, and are loud before 5AM, when the traffic is silent. There is a warmth to the city lights that even a chilly evening holds over a warmish dawn. Perhaps it is the pollution, but I think the quiet is different—these answers do not fit the question with the satisfaction of a proper plug.
Strangely, I have more energy at the end of the day and not in the morning: I have most energy at the end of my classes, around 8PM. I have never been this way in former times, only in Bogota.