So Valentine’s Day is here and, love it or hate it, it’s pretty much unavoidable. Not ones to shy away from big, commercial holidays – and although Colombia’s version of Valentine’s day “El dia del amor y la amistad” is months away- we decided to embrace the thing full-on and bring you some very lovely stories from the See Colombia Travel towers, so here’s four international Colombia love stories straight from some of our team members.
In early 2011, after a 3 month long stay in Colombia (my fifth time), I irreversibly fell in love with the country. I seriously started thinking on not only moving, but actually settling down in Bogota. I was already getting a little bored of Buenos Aires, a city I used to love with passion but that – to me- now lacked the Latin, unpretentious and relaxed vibe I was looking for. This time, as an adult, the decision of leaving all the many good things I had behind wasn’t that easy but I have always trusted my instinct and it was shouting to me that I had to come here, and so I did.
This, of course, is in no small part to my wife, Marcela. We met years ago via Facebook (the whole story here:https://seecolombia.travel/blog/2012/02/happy-valentines-day-from-colombia-a-perfect-day-to-share-our-travelers-wedding-proposal-video/ ) and things have just grown and grown since then. In her, and in Colombia, I saw a home for the rest of my life. I left my former job as a part-owner of one of the biggest travel companies in South America and risked it all to come here and help Marcela take See Colombia Travel to the next level . I have never been happier with any other decision I’ve taken in my life.
My story, although strange, I’m sure is not unique here. I met my girlfriend, who happens to be Colombian, in the UK literally days before she had to return to Bogota. We had only one formal date before she left which went so well that it seemed only natural for me to immediately book my flights for a 3 week holiday in Colombia. During those 3 weeks we travelled the length and breadth of the country and somewhere along the way I fell in love with the place and the girl. Moving here shortly after was a big decision, but not a difficult one. That was almost one year ago to the day.
We’ve now been living together in Bogota for the last 7 months and are about to share our second Valentines Day together (although the fact the first one was shared over Skype killed the romance a little), and we really couldn’t be happier. I guess I feel pretty lucky, not only to have found her but to be living in this country. I don’t understand why more people haven’t done it….UPDATE 2014: Jon is happily married now and living in the UK for the time being.
Kids, in the December of 2010 I was in Argentina working as an editorial intern. At the time I thought that was pretty huge, but one of the biggest moments in my life was still to come…
You know Aunt Marcela? Well, Marcela and I were sat drinking a coffee and she mentioned a project he was starting in Colombia. She wanted me to be a part of it. Suddenly I was faced with the decision: move back to England as I had planned or move to Colombia? I decided the latter and since I moved here it has been legen… Wait for it…
So my story of coming to Colombia is more opportunity-based than others. I didn’t come for the love of anything except adventure and travel. Since being here though, I met a florist with Diana Ross-style hair. She intuiged me. Before long I was seeing her every day and doing crazy things like going to the cinema on a Friday night. I didn’t come here with a relationship in my mind, but I soon decided being a Marshall was more rewarding than being a Barney.
And anything’s better than being a Ted.