Hello everyone! My name is Natalia and I’d love to share with you my story on how and why my connection to Colombia became even stronger since I’ve moved in there. Needless to say, this country is incredible!
I am currently a third year bachelor student doing an internship in Bogota in a Start-up called Value4Chain. Themes like sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship and value chains are always in the center of our every project.
Due to the local political, economic and social conflicts, the Colombia’s reputation has been diminished to drug dealers and coca leaves through the various TV shows such as “Narcos” or the representation of the country in the media. However, the country is much more than that; people have strong goals and ideas for a better future. They work hard to create more opportunities, they strive for success and do what’s in their power to help their country grow stronger. Colombians have very positive mindset towards the future and they believe that everything will be alright!
There is a widely growing generation of the entrepreneurs. They have the objective to help the victims of the conflict heal, to show the world that Colombia has a strong agricultural sector including delicious fruits, vegetables, flowers, coffee. They also want to help people in poor areas to become more inclusive with the rest of the society.
As an intern in Bogota, I had the pleasure to discover that Colombia is a country full of nature, passion, enthusiasm and optimism which can be best experienced by listening to some Latin music (“La Música Latina”).
Here’s one of my favorite songs called “Me Rehúso” from Danny Ocean:
What is more, visiting numerous places such as the Lake Guatavita, the Salt Cathedrals, the villages of Ubaté, Cucunubá, Chiquinquirá, Ráquira, Villa de Leyva, Cajicá and Cartagena showed me how diverse this country is in terms of climate, landscape and history!
Even though these places look similar they have their own stories, legends and specialties!
Bogotá is the capital and largest city of Colombia. It’s the city of the mountains, where rain is considered to be a blessing rather than a curse!
These are the pictures of Bogotá taken in January 2017 at the Monserrate Mountain. It’s one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the entire Colombia. The Monserrate dominates the city center and rises to over 3,100 metres above the sea level!
My favorite place in the entire country is undoubtedly Cartagena. It’s a port located on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region. My connection to that city is very special; my heart and soul stayed there not only because of my family’s past and their life lived there but also because of its breathtaking beauty, its hot climate and the feeling of steadfast happiness.
Cartagena is very colorful and festive; people play music on the streets, sell a lot of
tropical fruits such as papayas and mangoes. There’s a lot of artisans and negotiating with them is so much fun!
What’s also worth visiting are undoubtedly the Rosario Islands! There’s over 40 of them and what’s incredible is that all of them are the part of National Park which was not always the case because before 1977 the islands were used by the local families as the places where their vacation houses were built! For now there’s a prohibition of building the vacation homes however the ones that exist are owned by the local families which built them many years ago, however they have to pay a yearly ”rent” and ensure that the environment of the islands is protected and no rules are broken!
One of the islands I’ve visited is Isla Grande which is the largest of the Rosario Islands situated about an hour or so from my beloved Cartagena. This is the island with full-time, local residents and there is almost no tours going on at this island. The island is full of nature so if you love to wander you should give it a try! The great fact is that there are not many tourists so you can visit the great private bird sanctuary without paying a fee!
“Cartagena es mi casa con la sangre y el corazón..”
Wanna explore more about Colombia?
Check these two Instagram accounts and Hasta la vista, baby!