Colombia wasn’t love at first sight. It was like John Green said, slowly and then all at once. If you are reading other blogs or have read other blogs about Colombia, there’s one thing that travellers say about Colombia, you can never forget its people.
Except 2 or 3 cities in Colombia, which are absolutely picturesque like Cartagena, Medellin and Bogota, Colombia won’t look like what you’ve thought or seen in pictures. But I will encourage you to spend more time and travel more to see for yourself falling in love slowly.
Additional points if you speak Spanish.
I was welcomed with a peck on cheek by a good looking hippie gang when I
got to know that it is perfectly normal way of them greeting you, also come
very close while talking. This might seem off if you’re from Europe or even
Asia. With not able to understand or speak Spanish had my initial days a bit
tough but my hosts constantly tried to make me comfortable, they even printed
out some chits of most common words used in Spanish and pasted them on the
spots, gave some to me, which absolutely was the first time I felt at home. To
add up to that, there was not even a single stance where I felt like an
outsider in their home, I was offered everything their own daughters. The place
where I was staying was half an hour from the beach, so my first date with
Caribbean was a few days after I landed and got comfortable. As I stayed here
for more days, I was taken aback with exceptional street arts, lush green
valley and beaches.
The el cafe you get on the streets for less than a dollar will be the best Americano you’ve ever tasted in your life. Also, they do nothing without their cafe, they have it in the morning, before lunch, after lunch, evening, before dinner and after dinner. I started visiting my family’s grandmother’s house (
The warmth and passion, Colombians have
I just never wanted to leave this city which looked more like a painting. It was too surreal to be true.
On my trip, I also happened to explore the never ending coffee gardens of Colombia and the process by which they harvest the best coffee in the world. The more cities you visit in Colombia, the more you’ll be surprised by the vast diversity of the country.
Bogota, the capital was a bit chilly and the weird part is that it is a huge city higher, on a valley. That is not normal right. Bogota was where I spotted mountains right out my windows, and not the kind you see on hill stations. The view was like a model, the buildings, the tall buildings and then the mountains. Bogota has the most amazing street graffitis you’ll ever see. This was where you’ll find a lot of metropolitan culture and expats but the Colombians are a lot more warm and inviting.
At the end of my trip, I felt so engraved in the culture – everything about it – the family gatherings which were more like festivals when there were soccer matches, Colombian jersey I wore, the dinners, the music, the way they celebrate life, the way they’re really enjoying a quality life, the
People in Colombia will touch you, change you and make you yours. You can never be the old you after living here.
If its not yet on your travel list, its high time!