Travel souvenirs (warning: very picture heavy!)

Today, dear readers, you are going to know the Truth. Maybe some of you are wondering what the Hell this first trip to Colombia was all about. Or maybe not. You just came across that blog looking for information on how to dance salsa without looking too much of a gringo, or learn about safety in Colombia… I will talk about this later of course, your curiosity will be satisfied I promise.

I’m usually cautious when I read a blog: it’s easy to lose yourself in details without thinking that you might bore your potential readers. If it comes to the point where, in the middle of your post, they think it would be the perfect time to watch the next Masterchef episode, then you can say goodbye to your dear readers. Yes, it hurts and that’s the awful truth. But, will all due respect to Mister Ramsay (I do like his shows), maybe he never got lost in the Transmilenio in Bogotá, or watched fireflies in a secluded place outside of Medellin in the middle of the night, or even listened to a bunch of mariachis, eating street food while waiting for a road to be opened. Or maybe he did… but he didn’t write a blog about it…right?? So let’s show some self-confidence now and this is where a list comes in handy (how I missed you my old friend):

Places I’ve been:

1. Bogotá. Highlights: the Anandamayi hostel where I met some people from all around the globe and good travel buddies; la Candelaria, the old colonial and bohemian district; the Gold Museum, in which I spent half a day and ended wanting to know more about Colombia’s history and past; the crazy Gringo Tuesdays, a weekly expats meeting in a fancy area called la Zona T; the amazing street arts; the beautiful parks, Manu Chao’s free concert on the Plaza de Bolivar… I could go on forever about that city, but I don’t want to bore you, remember?!

Anandamayi hostel in la Candelaria.

Anandamayi hostel in la Candelaria.

Inside the hostel.

Inside the hostel.

La Candelaria.

La Candelaria.

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The Gold Museum.

The Gold Museum.

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2. The Caribbean coast. Highlights: La Brisa Loca in Santa Marta, the craziest hostel I’ve ever been to; Drinking cuba libre on the beach in Costeño, a surf camp one-hour bus ride from Santa Marta; Spending a lazy afternoon in Taganga and exploring the beautiful Cartagena with a fellow traveler, with whom the connection was immediate and this made my trip to the Caribbean coast even more special and enjoyable.

La Brisa Loca, Santa Marta.

La Brisa Loca, Santa Marta.

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On our way to Costeño.

On our way to Costeño.

Costeño Surf Camp.

Costeño Surf Camp.

Typpical colombian "almuerzo": rice, salad, chicken mixed with veggies and plantains (my love!)

Typical colombian “almuerzo”: rice, salad, chicken mixed with veggies and plantains (my love!)

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The colourful Cartagena de Indias.

The colourful Cartagena de Indias.

The Blue House. Is it that obvious?

The Blue House. Is it that obvious?

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Lulo juice and a glass of tinto verano: a nice treat after a day of exploring the city!

Lulo juice and a glass of tinto verano: a nice treat after a day of exploring the city!

3. The region of Antioquia. Highlights: A twelve-hour car trip (yes, twelve) with friends to Medellin with a stop at Puerto Triunfo, to check the Hacienda Napoles who used to belong to Pablo Escobar; being stuck in a taxi in Medellin with heavy rain outside, 50m away of my hostel without being able to cross the street; chilling by a river in Santa Fe and stumble upon two beautiful horses, curious about this group of heterogeneous travelers (a Bogotano, two chicas from Malaysia and France, a British guy and a Israeli who could have played a very credible blue-eyed Jesus); taking the metro cable in Medellin up to the top barrios of the city; stopping in the middle of nowhere at night and listen to a band of mariachis while waiting for the road to be opened. Priceless.

On the road to Medellin.

On the road to Medellin.

Escobar's Piper, at the entrance of the Hacienda. Stylish isn't it?

Escobar’s Piper, at the entrance of the Hacienda. Stylish isn’t it?

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The Metro Cable of Medellin.

The Metro Cable of Medellin.

On the way to the top barrios of Medellin.

A bandeja paisa, typical dish of Antioquia and a carbohydrates overload... LOVE!!!

A bandeja paisa, typical dish of Antioquia and a carbohydrates overload… LOVE!!!

The Biblioteca España (the Spain library) located in the Santo Domingo Savio neighborhood in Medellin..

The Biblioteca España (the Spain library) in the Santo Domingo Savio neighborhood in Medellin.

A quiet street in Santa Fe de Antioquia.

A quiet street in Santa Fe de Antioquia.

A beautiful cemetery, Santa Fe de Antioquia.

A beautiful cemetery, Santa Fe de Antioquia.

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The Travelers Team.

The Travelers Team.

The mariachis!

The mariachis!

4. Villa de Leyva. An amazing colonial town at 2144 m altitude in the Boyaca department. I’ve been dreaming about this place since my first day in Colombia and finally went there with two friends, during a rainy weekend for Semana Santa. It hasn’t stopped us to enjoy ourselves! (note: some pics are under-exposed as you can see – I actually found out later that day – but I intentionally included them because I liked the whole aspect 🙂 et voilà!)

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A Chiva, or party bus

A Chiva, or party bus.

A nice hand-crafted clothes shop in town.

A nice hand-crafted clothes shop in town.

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Bad news!

Bad news!

Our cute and quiet hostel in Villa de Leyva.

Our cute and quiet hostel in Villa de Leyva.

Night out!

Night out!

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Check those beauties out!

Check those beauties out!

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Outside of an antique shop.

Outside of an antique shop.

Phew, that was a lot of pictures to download for just a post, but I believe they speak for themselves. I hope you enjoyed this trip and, if by any chance it gave you the overwhelming desire of booking your tickets to Colombia,  then I might have won the challenge against Chef Gordon 🙂

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About Amertine

35, living in Paris. Heart divided between France and Colombia. Shivers at the sound of flamenco and salsa. Loves bluegrass music and completely at ease with it. Passionate about plants, natural and ancestral medicines and knowledge. Suffers from Endometriosis.
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