Colombia changed my life. I can’t say this about many places, but I can about Colombia. I would often come across travelers from around the world on my journey through South America. At bus stations, airports, or even just walking down random alleyways in the middle of nowhere; we stand out a bit. I liked to ask them which destination they liked the most in South America. Not once, did I meet someone who had been to Colombia that didn’t choose it as their favorite. And for good reason!
Colombia is a small slice of heaven on earth. They have nearly everything there: incredible mountains to climb, ruins to explore, phenomenal beaches, and cities that are built on the foundation of art, salsa, and passion! However, that is not even what makes travelers love Colombia so much. The reason we love this place is because of Colombians.
Colombians are incredible. They are the warmest, friendliest people I have ever met. Anywhere. I love Colombians. They have the biggest hearts, and I cannot say enough good things about them. The way they live and think about family truly touched my heart deeply.
Every friend I met in Colombia invited me to stay with them. In their house, they treated me like I was a brother for 20 years. Nobody has ever done that for me before. They didn’t know a thing about me, but I was family for them. That feeling has been with me since I left. And their families are HUGE!
I will never forget my time and the people I met in Colombia. I consider Colombia my home outside of Asia, and would gladly go back if I ever get such a fortunate opportunity.