August 19, 2017 / 19:52
AZERBAIJAN CELEBRATES 98TH REPUBLIC DAY-GEORGIA MARKS NATIONAL DAY-LIECHTENSTEIN-SAMM’S BISTRO HOSTS INTERNATIONAL ANKARA JAZZ FESTIVAL-HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM-ABOUT FRIENDSHIP…-FRIENDS…. I LOVE YOU!-BROKEN WINGS...-GO AND FALLOW YOUR PASSION-TO INVISIBLE MOTHERS…-Ankara Scene
GIRL ABOUT THE GLOBE...

LIVING IN MEDELLIN

It was once the most dangerous city in the world and it was only 12 years ago that no tourists dared to come here, now in June 2014, I have decided to make this Colombian city my home.

14 August 2014 Thursday 00:32
It was once the most dangerous city in the world and it was only 12 years ago that no tourists dared to come here, now in June 2014, I have decided to make this Colombian city my home.

Am I mad? Probably. Parts of Colombia (see my previous post on Bogota) are still out of bounds and yes there is still guerrilla warfare happening and tourist buses getting held up and robbed so why have I decided to stay in such a country?

Because it just feels right.

My new home!

Before I left the UK, I had doubts. What if I was chasing a dream that would never truly materialise? What if I didn’t find anywhere that I really liked and had to return home with my tail between my legs announcing to everyone that I had failed. Some even said, “you’ll be back,” as if announcing my fate before I had already left.

But I was determined to find a home, and as the plane flew into Colombia, I felt an overwhelming urge to cry and a feeling of complete certainty that this is where I needed to be. Admittedly I thought this feeling represented Latin America in general but needless to say I knew I was meant to be in this part of the world – somewhere at least.

“Santa Marta is amazing,” I was told by a Kiwi girl that I met in Bogota. “You’ll love it there.”

“That’s the place,” I thought confidently, but to get there I needed to go through Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city and home to the late Pablo Escobar, one of Colombia’s greatest drug lords. You can even take a Pablo Escobar tour in Medellin and meet his brother (who is very much alive).

But as I arrived in Medellin, surrounded by the Andes in the most pleasant temperature (it was 28 degrees and I wasn’t sweating?!) I knew I didn’t want to leave…


Exploring the city

I looked at apartments to rent, knowing that I wanted to stay and changed my Facebook status to ‘living in Medellin.’ That’s when fate took over. My publisher hooked me up with a couple of guys already here and as chance had it, one was the editor of Medellin Living, a website aimed at expats in the city which was looking for new writers. I sent off my application, scored an interview and the rest as they say is history.

So I’m now starting a new chapter in my life as an expat living in Medellin, Colombia - a country that I hadn’t even considered staying in long-term, but never one to be conventional, the city of Medellin just fits the bill. Still slightly dodgy, very up and coming and being surrounded by the Andes is just amazing. Did I also mention that just last year, it was named the world’s most innovative city?

So, to everyone who said that ‘I’ll be back,” it ain’t gonna happen for a while yet!

N.b. I am now back to being solo as my friend has since departed to the north coast in search for the sea and Caribbean-style beaches. So back to travelling solo!



girlabouttheglobe



Tags: LIVING IN MEDELLIN, LIVING, IN, MEDELLIN
COMMENTS
OTHER NEWS IN GIRL ABOUT THE GLOBE...
 
BOGOTA
THINGS TO DO IN HAVANA
TRINIDAD IN CUBA
HOLGUIN IN CUBA
TRAVELLING IN THE BALTICS
SOLO TRAVEL IN PARIS
NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE
LIECHTENSTEIN
COUNCHSURFING IN SWITZERLAND
MONACO ON A BUDGET
BACKPACKING IN LONDON
CHI KUNG IN ITALY
My Favourite Places in Italy
A FINNISH SAUNA IN AUSTRIA
Why I ‘Love’ Slovenia
TOUCHED BY SARAJEVO
24 Hours in Belgrade
How NOT To Travel From Romania to Serbia
CASTLE DRACULA
Top 10 Things to Do in Bulgaria
Top Countries for Solo Travel
Is Turkey Safe for Women Travelling Alone?
GIRLS ONLY ACCOMMODATION IN EUROPE
CHRISTMAS COMPETITION!
TRAVELLING IN ASIA
I WON AN AWARD!
THE LONG RIDE TO LAKE OHRID
DUBAI
MEXICO'S BEACHES
HITCHHIKING IN ALBANIA
How To Meet Others Whilst Travelling
BUDVA
BEST RESORT IN ONTARIO
SLOW TRAVEL IN MONTENEGRO
Sailing in Croatia
CAPPADOCIA
DRIVING IN CROATIA
VIENNA
 
 
 
 
This Exfoliating Soda Scrub recipe may seem very simple, but bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) has been used in home-made skincare remedies for hundreds of years....
 
 
Super weak mannequins in shop windows, people trying to weaken, adorning the shelves of bookstores selling diet books and products in pharmacies undermine 3-5 kg a week,...
 
 
When suddenly the unexpected happens, it's always me... just getting everything ready for the time of your life....
 
 
 
 
“Everywhere you go, the sky is blue.”...
 
 
 
Eleven people were hanging on a rope, under a helicopter in flight, 10 men and 1 woman....
 
 
 
Havadurumu
Copyright 2010 Öznur Çevik, Bu sitede yayınlanan tüm materyalin her hakkı saklıdır. Kaynak gösterilmeden kullanılamaz.