When people in the United States hear “Colombia” a million things go through their minds. They think back to Miami Vice in the 1980s. They think of the conversation happening now around Colombiana. Most of the time, however, they don’t think of good art, great food and warm people.
We want to refer you to a great post on Turntable Kitchen, about Kasey and Matthew’s recent trip to Colombia.
They titled the post, Colombia: It Might Not Be What You’ve Heard. And you know they’re right.
From their post.
Before we chose Colombia as our destination of choice, we struggled with what we perceived to be mixed recommendations: friends who had been there raved about its modern restaurants, friendly people, incredible history and natural beauty, while the U.S. Department of State warned of drug trafficking, kidnapping, and robberies. For us, it made sense to go. We’re both seasoned travelers and we prepared ourselves to fit in as best we could.
The struggle they had in deciding, and the mixed messages they received are quite common. If you read their post, and refer to the resources they’ve shared, you’ll see that Kasey and Matthew had a great time in Colombia – traveling to both Bogotá and Cartagena, and experiencing how Colombia is not only so very different than what they had imagined it might have been, but that it is different than the life they live in San Francisco and that, within the country, the two cities they visited could not have been more different.
For us, as the Z-team, with offices in the US and in Bogotá, it seems obvious to us what an amazing and vibrant country Colombia is. And it is something we try to share with all of you on a regular basis.
What are your thoughts on Colombia? Do you wish you could travel there? Do you have a favorite restaurant you would recommend to someone going for the first time? Let us know in the comments.
From Bogota With Love