An Unexpected Twist

I woke up to a series of high pitched squawks and a soft nibble on my fingers. The sun was already high; had I slept in?? With a 7am flight to Bogota, today was the day I was finally flying to Colombia. Stepping down from the bed, I quickly recalled why I wouldn’t be catching my plane today. My ankle is swollen and bruised; I can barely walk.

Finished with my final week of work and feeling fresh after a morning swim, I decided to play a game of football(soccer) with some friends this past Tuesday. It would be my last chance to see this group of friends for at least 6 months. It wasn’t a particularly great match, however it was fun up until the very end. With just over 2 minutes on the clock, I earned my team a corner kick. As I jogged over to grab the ball, I felt my ankle turn on the turf. The noise was something out of a cooking show; someone had clearly taken a handful of raw spaghetti and cracked it in half. Meanwhile, I was on the ground writhing in pain, thinking about how I was supposed to be catching a plane to Colombia in 5 days.

After an hour of X-rays and waiting, the doctor quickly entered the room. He explained that it wasn’t broken, but I had definitely sprained the tendons in my ankle. He also explained that a 4-6 week recovery is normal, and I’d have to stay off it for at least 2 weeks. After noticing my football boot was still on my good ankle, he reminisced about his own playing days and the pinnacle of his footballing experience: seeing the great Pele play for the New York Cosmos in the 80s. He showed excitement as I mentioned my plan to stop in Brazil for the World Cup this summer. Just as quickly as he entered the room, he was gone and I was on my way home to rest, ice, and elevate my ankle.

Some lovely shots of my foot healing.

Some lovely shots of my foot healing.


I was supposed to fly to Fort Lauderdale in order to meet up with my family in Florida during my layover. I planned to rush back to the airport afterwards to catch my flight to Bogota. After much thought, I decided to delay my trip by two weeks. The pain of my ankle would make it quite difficult to even carry my own bag. Two weeks should be enough time for me to at least begin walking again, or at least I hope so!

As I peeled one eye ungraciously open, I found that the nibble was courtesy of Mishka the cat. The squawks came from Lloyd the Cockatiel, who was perched across the room, prompting me to wake up.While I may not be leaving to Colombia today as planned, I will definitely be flying there soon! And until that time, at least I have Lloyd and Mishka to keep me company! After all, who doesn’t like a good finger nibble every once in a while!

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6 Responses to An Unexpected Twist

  1. Dave P April 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Great story lol

    • Spencer April 15, 2014 at 6:08 am #

      Thanks Dave! I hope I can continue to please your mind with my stories. haha

  2. patrick bing April 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Hay Spencer, I’m happy for you to start this next journey in your life.As your father I know you will be loved where ever you go, as you have a wonderful personality and get along with most people. Except those who try to take the football from you just before you take a shot on goal. I love you and are proud of you for following your heart and a dream of traveling. I pray that you find what you are looking for , some sponsors for this blogwould be a start. Be safe and dont worry be happy!

    • Spencer April 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks dad! Love you! Your support means a lot to me!

  3. Christopher May 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    Found this via Reddit. I will definitely keep an eye on this as I too am a 26 year old Midwest-born male that will be moving to South America this summer (Buenos Aires/Medellin starting point – it’s a toss up). Good luck and keep us informed!

    • Spencer May 19, 2014 at 11:22 am #

      Thanks mate! I just spent around two weeks in Medellin. Very cool city! Beautiful people, nice weather, fun to be had for sure!

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