Day 53: Loved by Colombia! Loving Colombia!

Colorful houses and Salento local

Watching the village of Salento wake from her sleep is a treat for the senses. Sound of unlocking doors and locals greeting one another in cheerful shouts, sight of cowboys in sombreros and artists opening shop, aromas of fresh bread and roasted Colombian beans… Only 2 days here and the locals recognize us – the beauty of village life, which on this particular weekend is packed with Colombians on Easter break. It’s touristy but in a genuinely Colombian way, rid of the mainstream tourism that is Cartagena. The air is filled with festivity and contagious smiles. I feel Colombian just being here!

Easter procession in Salento

Everybody is friendly, welcoming and really really interested in us. So interested in fact, we were hanging out on the main street people watching but soon became the fascinatingly watched (all in a benign & respectful manner). Garnering attention that rivalled other street performers, I was tempted to crank up the competition with a sign: “Foto 1,000 pesos”

It took effort to break in with the locals in most of Latin America, but in Colombia the locals came to us – from children to policemen to military personnel! They are proud of their homeland but also curious of the outside world. It’s hard not to fall in love with this place – Colombians are the most welcoming people I’ve met and it’s true that people make all the difference.

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6 Comments

  1. ace says:

    sounds wonderful! and this is what you were doing on my 29th bday.. and i love you guys for sharing this with the rest of the world.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Heard columbian coffee and chicks are good. Did you get to try any (the coffee of coz)?

  3. Carm says:

    Dave's so jealous! he always wanna go back to colombia to visit and see where he came from originally. hope we get a chance to do that before a 'monster' comes. enjoy! love, carm.

  4. Ray says:

    I think this gotta be one of the best moments in any trip, the interaction between people from different parts of the world. Only when people travel, we can bring the world together.

    On a side note, I think we are pretty sure that we would like to come when you two are in Istanbul. Judging from your plan, you are going to go southeast from there, we would love to join you for a leg there!

  5. Leslie says:

    Amazing to read how friendly the people are there! Sounds like a perfect place for me!

  6. Anonymous says:

    It is! My house is your house…Mi casa es tu casa, the people are extremely friendly and open to other cultures. Colombians are humble and welcome everyone with open arms.

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