In an effort to escape Bogota’s cold, rainy weather I decided to yet again return to Medellin for the long weekend. After living in Bogota for the past few months it really felt like a regular holiday. I threw a few changes of clothes, my toothbrush, phone charger and my thoughts journal in a bag, I closed my front door, jumped in a cab and headed off for a regular sunny holiday.
The sun is shining, the temperature is already perfect. I step off the plane and just stand there taking in the fresh air and sun’s rays. I am glad to be back.
Medellin always amazes me, it is such a beautiful city, surrounded by mountains and stuck in an eternal spring. The people, the food, the party and a promise of the world’s most beautiful women, it is easy to see why westerners flock here. This time I went with new friends from Bogota, we had an amazing 5 days of non-stop partying accompanied by friendly travelers passing through Medellin for the weekend. It felt great to be back on the road interacting with people just as eager as me to meet new people and have new experiences.
It wasn’t all partying, we managed to squeeze some more tourist focused activities into our day exploring the city, trying the local food tours, going on the Metro and up mountains. The highlight though was a trip out to the stunning Guatape, modestly called the “best view in the world.” It was indeed an incredible view from atop the giant rock in the middle of a lake, inhabited with hundreds of tiny islands. It was breathtaking. Like always the pictures will just have to attempt to do it justice.
I have found myself lately just smiling for no reason, being happy for being, and truly appreciating the magic of life. I am laughing at the things that go wrong and appreciating the rest, this trip has revitalized me and I am ready to continue my journey. I have some big plans for the rest of the year now and things are finally starting to become more concrete. There is a lot of things to come and I hope you’re all as excited as I am.
“I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.” – Henry Rollins
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