Loving This New Exploration in Colombia

By Jinny | July 26, 2015

Week 50 of Post Grad Life

 

Crazy week of new updates!

 

I’ve officially been in Colombia for a little under a week and I absolutely LOVE my new lifestyle that I don’t plan on going back home anytime soon.

 

First and foremost, right before leaving for Colombia, my team and I scheduled in another photoshoot, literally just hours before my flight with another Ford Model. Take a look at how amazing these turned out:

Dylan from Ford Model wearing Victoria Secret Swimsuit

Dylan from Ford Model wearing Victoria Secret Swimsuit

 

Also, before I get into telling you guys about my week, there’s apparently a special tax that Canadians have to pay when getting into Colombia and it’s not for a visa. So when I first arrived to Bogota, Colombia, I waited over an hour in the customs line, just to be told to wait in the “Canadian line.” WTF??

 

I turn my head to see the “Canadian line” and there were at most like 6 people!!!!! Apparently Canadians have to pay a special tax that’s enforced by the Canadian government (not Colombian) when entering Colombia. WHAT!!! I was so upset that I had wasted so much time in the customs line when I could’ve been out in less than 10 minutes.

 

So anyways… I’ve been spending every other day touring around and then coming home to work like a maniac. I’m getting less than 5 hours of sleep a night, but I love it. I feel more productive than I ever have in a long while and I’m getting to explore a new country! Best of both worlds. I’m also drinking more caffeine than my body can handle, so I have to take a sleeping pill every night.

 

All my anxieties are gone though. The crazy nerves I had before have disappeared as the excitement has overwhelmed and fulfilled my travelholic soul. I’m also learning a lot of Spanish too. I went from only knowing “me llamo Jinny… yo quiero una cervesa” to… well, that same line but with a better Spanish accent 😉

 

This week I’ve been waking up everyday around 6:30 to start work. Then I get breakfast and head out into the city with my friend Helga. Helga was invited to display her Rosary company at a design expo this week. So everyday from 9am-9pm, she was stuck there at the expo. We’d drive there together and I’d help her for a couple hours, but then I would head off to a coffee shop nearby to do my own work.

Mi amiga Helga al expo!

Mi amiga Helga al expo!

 

One of the earlier days this week, I went on a graffiti tour and that was pretty interesting. It’s apparently not illegal to put up graffiti in the city, but it is prohibited. The tour guide actually mentioned something funny about that. So the cops would give you a hard time about it, but apparently last week, Justin Bieber had a circle of cops protecting him while he sprayed graffiti over town, ha… the irony.

Graffiti Tour in Bogota, Colombia

Graffiti Tour in Bogota, Colombia

 

During the tour I met a local student named Sebastian who was recommended by his peers to come onto this tour. We talked for a bit and after the tour, we just kept walking around the city until we ended up by the entrance of Monserrate. So of course I wanted to go up. As we were heading up, this double rainbow that we had seen earlier just kept getting bigger and better. Seriously, this was a piece of heaven on earth. I could not believe what I was seeing and it just reminded me so much of Hawaii (my favorite place in the world).

Double rainbow at Monserrate in Bogota, Colombia

Double rainbow at Monserrate in Bogota, Colombia

 

Sky view of Bogota from Monserrate

Sky view of Bogota from Monserrate

 

I can’t even describe how incredible it felt being up there, seeing the rainbow and then the beautiful sunset. This is exactly what I needed—some escape to a piece of heaven on earth. Afterwards, we came down from Monserrate and took this cool subway bus called the TransMillenia to some popular going out area to get food. The subway bus is literally like a subway station, but without it being underground. Apparently this special design started in Brazil and it is catching onto the rest of the world. Very cool!

 

The next day, I literally just worked all day, but the day after was another full afternoon of touring with Sebastian. We met up at Muse de Oro (Gold Museum) and then we “got lost” around the city together. We walked through the Plaza de Bolivar (Bolivar Square), which was pretty much a rich man’s version of Milan’s Piazza del Duomo—and you can argue which of these are the poor man’s or rich man’s version of which, but I think Milan is pretty rundown compared to this:

Plaza De Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia

Plaza De Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia

 

We walked around some more since that was like the most touristy area. We passed by the Parliament and the President’s home and went back to the area that we were in at the graffiti tour. It was so lively and made me want to stay and socialize, but I knew I had to go back to my friend’s expo to go back home with her.

 

Sebastian took me back on the TransMillenia and we rode on it together until it was my stop to get out. However, as soon as I got off the bus and was on my own—literally the second I get off the bus—I get hit on. “Buenas Nochas mami” left and right and everyone turning their heads. That was so uncomfortable and boarder line scary. I had about 15-20 minute walk from the bus station to my friend’s expo. Sebastian said it’s in a rich residential area so I should be fine, but I did not feel fine. It was scary. Anyways, I obviously made it back safe, but that sort of pushed me into deciding that I’m just going to get a hotel for everywhere I go, instead of Couchsurfing like I had in my past travels.

 

Saturday, I flew into a different city and that was probably the best flight I’ve ever had in my life—only 30 minutes of airtime overlooking this amazing view:

This is why I love window seat! Bucaramanga from my window.

This is why I love window seat! Bucaramanga from my window.

 

The first night, I had dinner with my dad’s coworker’s friend Andrea and her friend Ximena. I tried this corn dish called Mezerca and it was pretty delicioso! Afterwards, we grabbed a drink together and then went home. Both of them spoke English pretty well and we just had a great time getting to know each other.

 

Today was pretty incredible. Andrea and another friend of hers, Angelica, took me to Colombia’s ‘Grand Canyon’ called El Chicamocha. Read more about it here: Day Trip to Colombia’s “Grand Canyon” — La Chichamocha

 

That’s all for now. I really really really like it here. Only downside is feeling like a flying pig whenever I walk around—I don’t think most of these people have ever seen an asian person before. I have yet to have seen any myself. Anyways, stayed tuned for another 5+ weeks of my adventures in Colombia!

 

xoxo from Bucaramanga,
Jinny~

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