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?!
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.
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.
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!)
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 🙂