A few photos and clips from my trip to Colombia in January. Out of all of the places I've been to so far, I would have to say this trip was my favorite! The beauty of the country itself is undeniable but what is not pictured is the kindness of its people. Everywhere we went, there were people willing to help us or be patient while we spoke (not-so-great) high-school level Spanish. Our lovely hosts Nestor y Andres welcomed us into their home and fed us with some of the best food I have ever had. Like... one of those "I'm going to be so sad when this is over" meals. I quickly learned all of the food in Bogotá was going to make me feel that way. The city is bursting with life on so many different levels. One part of this trip I'd like to share: sitting in the park with friends, I was hoping to have a moment of worship all day. Just a little bit of stillness to give thanks to God. I even visited the top of a mountain that day but it didn't feel quite right. Then just kneeling in the grass, face towards the sun, feeling the gold light permeate my skin after months of winter- I remembered what it was like to be free again.
I hope through these memories, you can feel some of that warmth.
All my love,
Street scenes from Bogotá
Every Sunday Bogotá closes down La Septima (7th Ave) and opens up the street to pedestrians, bikers and vendors. When I tell you it feels like all of Bogotá was outside that day... I'm not exaggerating. It gave us a chance to see the city come alive & experience food/culture/art on one long strip. People have asked me about safety in Colombia... just like anywhere else, be smart and don't make yourself a target! 'Tis all.
Saadia, my best friend and cutie of the century
It rains a lot in Bogotá... we got caught in a rainstorm and took refuge in a cute little tea shop. We played Uno for hours and I wouldn't trade that for anything. I love you Saad!
A must see when visiting Bogotá! You can take a train or cable car to the top of the mountain and look over the entire city.
Scenes from Santa Marta
We flew to the Caribbean coast for a few days and anybody who knows me knows that I thrive in 80+ degree weather. There's nothing like a tropical beach sunset. The water was incredibly warm and still at playa Rodadero (where we were accosted every 10 minutes by people selling things on the beach) but it's okay because we were so obviously American and we ended up giving in anyway... who can say no to churros and matching BFF "real" pearl rings?
Tayrona National Natural Park
What's the first thing that comes to mind when I think of our day at Tayrona? Probably something between "amazing" and "lmao". To get to the park we had to take 3 busses and thank God we stumbled upon a bilingual woman who was going the same way as us otherwise we would've had to hike 4 hours to our destination and back. Instead... we hiked 2 hours to the beach inside of the park and back. and I say "lmao" because it was a struggle. I love nature. I loved all of the different scenes and climates we got to see and be a part of. I didn't mind the hike so much but after swimming- having to hike 2 hours back to the bus just wasn't ideal. What's crazy is that a bunch of locals did the hike in flip-flops!! Despite any of the difficulties, I would go back in a heartbeat. The beauty of Mother Nature never ceases inspire + humble me.