Friday, May 09, 2008

A Sweet Friendship



A few months ago, I received an email from a girl named Yolanda. She contacted me after reading one of the articles I had written for Expatica. We both happen to live in the same city and we are both Colombians, so she mentioned that perhaps we could meet up for a chat sometime. I was quite taken aback, yet at the same time it felt like I knew her. And that was only through that first email.
A few days later we met and ever since then she has become a little ray of sunshine in my life. Always smiling, always cheerful and always ready to lend an ear. Yolanda keeps thanking me for my friendship and for teaching her a lot about food and cooking, but I always tell her that I am also very grateful for being able to call her my friend.
Today she went out for a day in Den Bosch and on the way back, she called to ask if I was home because she wanted to stop by. I have never been to Den Bosch but I've always told myself that if I'm ever there, the first thing I'll do is look for a bakery. Den Bosch is the hometown to one of my favorite treats- Bossche bollen (Dutch eclairs). If they're good from a shop or a local bakery imagine getting them from a bakery there!
Well, half an hour later Yolanda showed up and out of her pink tote she pulled out a little bag and handed it to me. My heart smiled. I knew exactly what was in there. Yolanda remembered my love for Bossche bollen and was sweet enough to bring one back for me. The fact that I had a rag├╣ going on the stove and that dinner was just an hour away didn't stop me from shooting a picture or two and immediately digging in. It was sinfully good- everything I'd imagine times ten. And not just because of the taste, but because of the sentiment that came with it.

9 comments:

Yolanda said...

I'm so glad you liked it!!

You really have no idea how happy this make me!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart amiguita :)

Lisa said...

How lovely! Both the friendship and the eclair!

Beatriz' suitcase contents said...

I am so happy for you both... friendships like that do not come easy.

Anna said...

I agree! What a lovely post! You are lucky to have found each other, friendships are so precious.

Sylvia said...

I am happy for you two, I wish I know somebody from my country and loe to cook as well.

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

How lovely Paola. Isn't it great how friendships can be forged this way.

Maryann said...

Oh my! That DOES look good!

Paola said...

Thanks everyone,

It is definitely a lovely friendship. :)

paola

Kelly-Jane said...

Yolanda sounds like a true and real friend - and she brings cakes too - the best!