¡Hola a todos! My name is Chris and I’m taking over as See Colombia’s new Editor. I was lucky enough to work as an intern (and general dogsbody to previous editor Paul) for See Colombia in 2012, and loved the experience so much that I’m coming back full-time – to the team and to Colombia. I spent one year living in Bogotá between 2011 and 2012; I left with a heavy-heart, but I knew I’d be back. I have used the time between then and now studying for a Masters in Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Studies, with a particular focus on Colombia’s Pacific Coast region, and the urban regeneration of Medellín. I also managed to squeeze in 3 months backpacking in South East Asia – I mean, a travel-blogger has to stay match-fit, right?!
Working for See Colombia gave me so many great opportunities and experiences in the short few months that I graced it’s venerable (and sadly metaphorical) hallways. Amongst the most memorable were having one hour to compile a list of 80 facts about Fernando Botero for the maestro’s 80th birthday celebrations (really not as easy as it sounds), and taking to the streets of Chapinero to consume ants, cheese and ice cream (together!) and other Colombian culinary quirks for a hands-on blog post. Above all, the experience that stands out was the chance to help spread the word about the beauty and diversity of this wonderful country, and work with some inspiring and passionate individuals equally committed to the task. I’m so grateful and excited to be back on board.
I was fortunate to have been able to travel all around Colombia during my previous year here – particular highlights include whale-watching in El Chocó, rolling down giant sand-dunes into the Caribbean in La Guajira, and getting my llanero on whilst horse-riding in Casanare. However, there remains a wealth of locations left to explore – my personal Colombia bucket-list is missing ticks for salsa capital Cali, the red waters of Caño Cristales, and adventure sports hotspot San Gil. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There really is something for everyone in this country.
However, it’s being back at See Colombia Travel that I’m most excited about, and getting on with the mission at hand: spreading the word about Colombia, it’s magnificent diversity, and it’s delightful inhabitants.