My mom might not have been happy with the fact that I went to Colombia, but I sure was. Flights were so reasonable, and what else is a girl to do over a long holiday weekend?
On my first full day there, I set out to climb Monserrate, a mountain with sweeping views of the city. I don’t know what I was expecting, but the hike was tougher than I imagined. Fighting the rising heat, the altitude, and the physical exertion along with my pacemaker- I finally reached the top.
But maybe it took so long because I kept stopping at every turn to stare behind me. Look at these views! There was a church, several restaurants, and other shops at the top. You can also reach the peak by funicular, but if you can handle it, the hike is well worth it.
After heading back down, I wandered around Bogotá, exploring La Candelaria and surrounding neighborhoods.
The cathedral, capitol, Plaza de Bolivar, Museo del Oro, Silva Poetry House, Gabriel Garcia Márquez mural & museum, and many more were highlights throughout these narrow streets.
And I also stumbled into ALL THIS GORGEOUS ART.
No, really though…
The coffee, of course, was delicious. As was all the food (and mounds of chocolate) I tried!
As always, there is danger in any place. Please use precaution and be smart, especially when traveling solo. But don’t ever let fear of the unknown & stereotypes or opinions of others hold you back from experiencing life! The most wonderful things happen outside right outside your comfort zone.
Until next time,
Last month, I stepped back in time with the two best friends a girl could ask for. Havana, Cuba was unlike any place I’d ever been.
From the bright colored homes, classic cars, and heart of the Cuban people, nothing was more spirited.
We saw Fusterlandia (above) and admired the beautiful works of art. Then, we sampled different rums, savored the most delicious (and only) flaming coffee I’d ever had, and I had my first cigar, which I loved! We brought several back 😉
From Old Havana, to Mafia Mojitos, we soaked in every experience.
Getting lost around the capital.
And come on, our balcony view was right near the famous Malecón!
We also caught El Morro cannon celebration and the most breathtaking sunset! What a way to end a trip of a lifetime.
Please- If you are from the U.S., do not let what is going on right now steer you away from this incredible country. I urge you to see it for yourself. You can get a visa at the airport like we did for support of the Cuban people. Stay at an AirBnB and exchange money beforehand. All things were actually less of a hassle than we expected.
This is one place you will be so happy you didn’t miss!
There will always be beauty in tragedy, this I’ve come to know.
Surely you’ve heard about it in the news over the past year. Due to the absolute devastation Hurricane Maria brought the island of Puerto Rico, the battered island is still healing but moving forward. El Yunque, its beloved rainforest, still looks beautiful but will take nearly decades to truly recover. With the changes, new species of flora and fauna will appear.
In the short time I was here, it was difficult to imagine what it looked like before- all around me it was still so lush, green, and thriving. Colorful streets and smiling people. The pride that beats down like the hot sun. This is what I will take with me from this place- the bounce back. The miracle of life and the sense of love and hope it brings. The strength of a whole community overcoming the odds together. The ability to not only survive, but to prosper.
Here is an insight to my time there:
Walking around the colorful Condado, glimpsing the sunrise at Ocean Beach and catching the sunset at Atlantic Beach.
My new favorite dish- Mofongo!
What a sweet way to bring in 28 years.
Keep living. Keep overcoming. Keep thriving.
Two pieces: “Splitting the Family Tree” and “A Lesson in Direction” have been chosen for publication in The Laurel Review, issue 51.1.
Psyched to get some new work out to you guys soon! xoxo.