Friday, January 7, 2011

Welcome to Colombia

My airport sleepover virginity was finally taken from me in Florida, except I didn't get any sleep. Thanks to jackhammers crushing concrete all night long, cheap earplugs, and sketchy looking people sleeping next to me, I couldn't do it. It had been 30 hours since I got any sleep and I was dozing in and out of consciousness on my flight from FLL (Fort Lauderdale) to MDE (Medellin, Colombia). The cheap Spirit airlines flight provided cheap accommodations... makes sense. Then my luck turned 180 degrees.
View from ride into Medellin
The flight was filled with young people but my elbows were sharing space with a retired couple native to Medellin Colombia. About half way through the flight, the women began making conversation when she asked where I was staying and how I was planning on getting there.
Streets of Medellin

Next thing you know, I was sitting shotgun in their car with a free ride to my hostel (45 minutes away!). This was my introduction to Colombian hospitality, and I loved every bit of it. The couple and I had a great time riding through the mountains and into town where they even stopped at some dangerous turns so I could take some photos (see above). These were probably the nicest people I have ever met, and I plan on remaining friends with them for a long time to come.

Thank you Colombia for welcoming me and thank you to my new friends for taking care of me. I don't need any sleep to realize how selfless and comforting your culture is.

4 comments:

Karen said...

I think the first photo would make an amazing painting! SO happy to hear your having fun.

Laura said...

Not only offering you a ride, but also stopping so you could take some photos along the way says so much about the culture and hospitality. What a great way to begin your visit! And the photos are lovely! ;-)

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of men, instead, seek what they sought.

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