Dec 19

PHOTO ESSAY: 2011 – Our Incredible Year in Colombia in Pictures

In the run-up to Christmas I’m learning a great deal about Colombian culture. Of course, at a time like this you see a great deal of things that seperate your own culture from another. Christmas traditions in Colombia range from the inspiring to the bizarre, and it’ll be interesting for me as I return back home for Christmas to compare what I’m seeing.

This return home also gives me the perfect time to reflect on our first year as the Colombia Travel Blog team, and look at all the things we’ve done, seen and written about. Today’s post is dedicated to this reflective mood and is the beginning of a week of posts that will look back at 2011 and forward to 2012. So here it is: our year in pictures.

January

In January JL and Marcela were travelling around Colombia collecting information for the blog. Paul was plotting his trip to Colombia, while Ryan took a trip to Peru.

Marcela and JL at Guatavita
Marcela and JL at Guatavita

February

In February Paul and Ryan both arrived to Colombia. Paul travelled with Marcela and JL around Colombia which, as you’ll see from the pictures, was hard work.

Paul gets thirsty on the beach
Paul gets thirsty on the beach
Boat ride through a swamp in Tolu
Boat ride through a swamp in Tolu

March

March saw Paul finally get to settle into his new home in Bogota, and was also a massive month for See Colombia Travel as JL decided once and for all to leave Buenos Aires and move to Colombia.

Marcela and JL in Boyaca
Marcela and JL in Boyaca
Paul's first photos of Bogota
Paul’s first photos of Bogota

April

In April Holy Week took place, which meant a week off work and trip to Taganga for Paul and Ryan.

The beach in Taganga
The beach in Taganga

May

In May Paul’s parents arrived to Colombia to enjoy a trip around. They visited Cocora Valley, Cartagena, Tayrona and Bogota.

Linda and Bernie in Cartagena
Linda and Bernie in Cartagena
Cocora Valley
Cocora Valley

June

In June, while the rest of us worked hard in Bogota, Ryan got to take a trip to Tayrona National Park. Lucky guy.

One of the beautiful beaches of Tayrona
One of the beautiful beaches of Tayrona
View from the ground
View from the ground

July

Ryan may have come back with a tan, but JL and Marcela upped his good news by releasing a video of their proposal, which was subsequently viralized and gave us some very good contacts (more on that in 2012)…

Images from the infamous video
Images from the infamous video
Marcela and JL, husband and wife
Marcela and JL, husband and wife

August

August saw the gang head to Medellin for the Feria de Las Flores (and some sun). We also managed to sneak in a trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia.

JL with one of Botero's sculptures
JL with one of Botero’s sculptures
One of the flower displays
One of the flower displays
Marcela in the parade of cars
Marcela in the parade of cars
The costumes of the Feria de Las Flores
The costumes of the Feria de Las Flores

September

In September Ryan travelled to Cartagena while, once again, the rest of us stayed back in Bogota.

Cartagena
Cartagena
Relics in Cartagena's Gold Museum
Ancient jewellery in Cartagena’s Gold Museum

October

October saw two of Paul and Ryan’s good friends getting married, which also gave them the chance to go to their first Colombian wedding. They found out this means a lot of whisky and a lot of dancing.

Salsa (almost)
Salsa (almost)
Paul and Ryan in the line for the bride, a tradition in Colombia
Paul and Ryan in the line for the bride, a tradition in Colombia

November

Without a doubt November’s biggest news was the arrival of Maria del Mar, the tiny baby of Marcela and JL.

Maria del Mar
Maria del Mar
Proud parents
Proud parents

December

December has allowed Paul and Maria del Mar to experience their first Christmas’ in Colombia which for Paul has meant a couple of visits to the infamous Andres Carne de Res. Ryan and friends visited Villa de Leyva for the Noche de Las Velitas and Marcela and JL continue to try and squeeze 2 hour naps into their schedules.

Paul in Andres Carne de Res
Paul in Andres Carne de Res
Setting up the candles
Ryan and friends setting up the candles

So that’s about it! It’s been a busy but incredible year, but we’ll do more wrapping up later this week during the run-up to Christmas.

The Colombia Travel Blog team

 

 

 

 

 

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