It sounds ironic that a Colombian would go to Colombia to study abroad – believe me, I heard it over and over again. But I had been studying in the US since the 10th grade (High School), and after being in the US for so long, I was ready to go back and explore my own country some more. In order to make this experience more adventurous , instead of going back to my hometown, Cali, I chose to go to Colombia´s capital, Bogota.
Every Thursday morning I would join people from the hostel on one of the most popular hikes in the country: Monserrate!
The hike is quite green, and it can get pretty steep in some areas. Half way to the top, there is always a vendor offering candy and drinks.
Once on the top, the view of the mountains and the city was always breath taking, regardless of how many times I had already seen it.
The vibe was just too much fun, and I was back in the land of "there is always a reason to celebrate and party!" I met some fascinating people, a couple of whom I love as if they were my brothers and sisters. I truly could not have had a better experience.
Oh yes, I also studied! The university was a great fit for what I was hoping to accomplish during my time abroad. Challenging classes, outstanding professors, and I learned a great deal about Colombian foreign policy, and Latin American foreign relations. On top of that, I also played volleyball for the women´s team at the university, and the coach was , without a doubt, the best coach I have ever had.
Colombian, living and traveling the world (well- not so much at the moment) I am currently sharing my time between San Diego, CA and Albuquerque, NM.