São Miguel, my first contact with the Azores Islands São Miguel is like that beautiful cousin you see from time to time and suddenly she’s such a grown up. Azores Islands are much more than beaches; in fact they involve cliffs, green landscapes, untouched nature, volcano craters that become idyllic places to dive in, hot springs […]
Palomino Palomino, what a beautiful Caribbean name. It reminds me of days swimming in the river and the sea, going back and forth endlessly between the two. I spent several days relaxing in Palomino—a small village on Colombia’s Caribbean coast—before heading to Parque Tayrona, a national park considered one of Colombia’s finest destinations. As it turned out, I […]
Venezuela is a beautiful country, surrounded by nature, unique people and charming places. The truth be told, the political and social tumultous situation the country is passing through hurts me inside as it was my own. I’ve had the chance to travel to Venezuela twice, one in 2011 and the last one in 2016. My bonds to the […]
At that very instant I realised what was happening to me. I was arriving to an inflection point without listening inwardly, avoiding to have a real conversation with my guts. A decade had passed since my feet started to walk by intuition, alone and half staggering. I started stepping afraid and full of insecurities but certain about the fact that I was doing what moved me inside.
A decade had passed since they pushed me to follow my dreams, since I met so many people from other countries by myself, since I tried potatoes every single day of my stay and I faced my biggest fears.
To jump whatever it takes, that’s what I have to do. That’s what I want to do. It’s a feeling that comes from deep inside and goes out of my chest. It needs to get out and expand, grow and evolve, just as that spiral I have tattooed to remind me every day.
I remember that one time I was canyoning in Valle del Jerte and I felt scared to jump out of a waterfall. I remember that one time I was in Canaima, one of the prettiest and purest places I’ve ever been to and I was scared to jump into the water. Scared to jump.
We are still in the coffee triangle, that triangle in which I don’t know if I should get crazy smelling coffee everywhere or stay forever in its charming towns. From Armenia, our strategic point to get to know the area, we went to Filandia.
From the heat of the city of Guayaquil we go to Cuenca, a smaller and less chaotic city, where tranquility comes to visit us. Well, or we visit it. Traditional dances and beautiful people, smiling everywhere. You can tell we are in the Andes, again.
We spent some quiet days in Guayaquil, where we enjoy very good company and conversations. It’s our first city in Ecuador, after having left Peru behind. We feel like starting a new chapter and discovering a new culture that even if it’s sister of the Peruvian one, it has different features.
Medellin deserves that you take time to go across its streets and soak its cultural life but its surroundings don’t fall behind. All over Colombia, the residents of these lands, known as paisas, are famous for being the kindest and most attentive in the country. I honestly find that’s a fact everywhere in Colombia but it’s true that in the towns around Medellin, life goes on at a different pace.