In our previous blog post, we talked about Our Expat Story and how my husband and I ended up in Medellín Colombia. Sadly, we had to leave Colombia after 4 years due to visa issues.
Join us as we take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce about the 9 things we miss the most about our beloved Colombia.
1. The Colombian People
Oh, how we miss the warmth and friendliness of the Colombian people! From the bustling streets of Medellín to the tranquil villages in the coffee region, we were embraced with open arms and always met with genuine kindness and hospitality.
Their willingness to help us and their infectious joy made us feel at home, creating lasting connections and precious friendships.
2. The Culture
Colombia’s vibrant and diverse culture is a treasure trove of traditions and celebrations. We were captivated by the lively music, colorful dances, and the rich history.
Being part of various festivities and celebrations alongside the locals brought us a sense of belonging and an appreciation for the deep-rooted cultural pride that defines Colombia.
3. The Possibility to Live a More Humble Lifestyle
Living in Colombia taught us valuable lessons about what truly matters in life. In a culture that values family, community, and experiences over material possessions, we embraced a simpler and more humble lifestyle.
It was refreshing to focus on personal growth and connection, rather than the relentless pursuit of material wealth.
4. The Weather
Ah, the eternal spring of Medellín! The city’s perfect climate was a dream come true. We reveled in the year-round mild temperatures and the pleasant absence of extreme weather.
Unlike the cold Swiss winters or the sweltering summers in other places we explored, Medellín’s weather offered the perfect balance that we dearly miss.
5. Christmas in Colombia
Colombia takes Christmas celebrations to a whole new level! The festive spirit starts in November, with daily fireworks, parties, and beautiful cribs depicting the story of Jesus scattered all over the place.
The breathtaking lights that illuminated the entire city added a magical touch to the season. Each year, a unique theme brought Christmas to life, creating a festive ambiance that left us in awe.
6. The Slower Pace of Life
Life in Colombia moves at a more relaxed pace. We cherished the leisurely mornings walking our dog in the nearby park, the unhurried conversations with friends, and the moments of simply savoring life’s pleasures.
In a world that often demands constant hustle, Colombia gifted us the luxury of slowing down and appreciating the present.
7. Always Something Going On – Festivals and More
In Colombia, there is never a dull moment. Festivals, carnivals, and cultural events offer a continuous stream of excitement and celebration.
We loved being part of the lively gatherings, soaking in the vibrancy of the locals, and indulging in the colorful festivities.
8. The Flora and Fauna
Colombia’s natural beauty is unparalleled. Witnessing hummingbirds on a daily basis, spotting parrots soaring across the sky, and being surrounded by the breathtaking diversity of flora and fauna made our daily lives extraordinary.
Nature’s wonders in Colombia were a constant source of wonder and appreciation.
9. Low Cost of Living
Living in Colombia allowed us to stretch our budget further. The reasonable cost of living enabled us to enjoy a higher quality of life without breaking the bank. Accessible healthcare, public transportation, affordable services, and budget-friendly dining experiences.
We were even able to save money by eating out instead of cooking at home! A lunch menu comes with soup the main plate with a protein of your choice, rice, plantain, a little salad, and fruit juice for around $2.50!
As we reflect on our time in Colombia, our hearts overflow with gratitude for the profound impact this beautiful country had on us. Though circumstances led us to leave, Colombia will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
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