Day 52: Living the Good Life

Steamed fruit with a hint of cinnamon

Joseph is another one of those lovable characters we were lucky enough to meet on our journey. Originally from Spain, he is the owner of Republika de Artistas, a hostel he reently started with his son Mihail here in Salento, the coffee region of Colombia. More a B&B guesthouse than a hostel, Joseph really has a vision for his place. Like the rest of Salento, his guesthouse is a space for free thinking artists.

Organic yogurt with mango slices

Joseph has traveled and lived around the world himself, including several years in our hometown Hong Kong. He really knows what it’s like to be on the road and took great care of us and the other guests. Like a father, he made sure we were comfortable with food & drinks. Growing up in a family of chefs and infused with artistic genes, Joseph was so passionate about his guesthouse and his cooking he made sure we woke up every morning to a full stomach. That meant a gastronomic nine course breakfast. I have never heard of anything like it before…

Oatmeal topped with homemade cereal

But more interestingly is the life he has chosen with his son. An international careerist turned vagabond, Joseph traveled with Mihail in Colombia and just decided to stay in Salento where life is easy, simple, artistic; free from mainstream commercialism, free from materialistic consumerism. In fact, every artist we had met in Salento are pretty much living this lifestyle. Real friends, close family, simple home, and farm grown food. Basic, but happy. Why ask for more?

Can’t remember what this was, but it was gooooood!

Money is important, but not everything. There are more important things in life – one’s passion, one’s vision. This was Joseph’s philosophy. And it was obvious from the enthusiasm for his art that he is truly living this belief.

Chocolate pudding with bitter orange slice

One day we too would be vagabonding with our kids, like Joseph & Mihail. Come rain come shine, it will be a beautiful day nonetheless.

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  1. Charlie says:

    Striking a chord with Joseph only re-confirms the meaning of life you have found all along. I am glad you had a good time in Cafe Zona. I miss Salento – it's one of my favourite town in S. America!!

  2. ace says:

    love this entry.. and what free spirited minds. love how you guys and joseph and mihail are just so natural and carefree. so beautiful.

  3. Liu says:

    Cat, I’m in Salento now…….I really wanna stay at this hostel, what a pity that it’s not here anymore……can’t try the 9-course breakfast

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