I remember listening to music with lyrical content that, as I was told repeatedly by others, was highly emotional. But for me, the connection I had to much of that music was ephemeral at best. But today, when I listen to those same songs, I'm overcome with emotion...not because of the music itself, or the fact that I'm finally able to connect with its lyrical content. Instead this happens because of the memories that the music brings about, and my heavy tendency toward nostalgia. As the years pass, I'm amazed by how many things in my life function this way. Emotions remain a present-tense ordeal, to be sure, but the more pronounced examples of them are set in the past tense. And the things that bring those memories to the forefront are getting increasingly curious.

Perhaps the greatest example of this was how a couple of years ago, I found myself in front of my childhood home in Bogota, standing over a slightly uneven manhole cover on the sidewalk, which made an amazingly memorable sound when you stepped on it. Tink-tonk. It's a sound I remember hearing during much of my childhood, as countless people—mostly workers on their way to a nearby factory that made shoes—walked in front of that house. With all this in mind, I stood there on the sidewalk not long ago, lightly tapping the round manhole cover, making that sound, which brought back memories of life in Colombia, and my family's tumultuous move to the United States. I got oddly emotional about the whole thing, but clearly this had nothing to do with a manhole cover.



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Made in Colombia, ideal for cool weather, with a little bit of room for layering.

Alps & Andes Musette

Made in Medellin, these musette bags are made out of a lightweight poly fabric. The strap won't stretch, allowing you to use it for all kinds of off-the-bike activities.

Alps & Andes Socks

8 out of 10 Colombian professionals agree that these socks could maybe be guaranteed to improve your climbing abilities by 6.4%