What we left behind but will never forget

 

 

Saying goodbye is always hard and it is even harder when you know you won’t see your family and friends for a long period of time.

Today we said goodbye to Colombia again, after a two weeks vacation in our loved country. It feels like the first time when we left seven years ago.

Looking for a better future, we started our journey towards a new life in Sweden and we left behind a lot of things that we will never forget and we would like to share a few of them with you.

 

Delicious food

Colombian food is the most delicious food in the World (at least for us 😃). We didn’t think we would miss the food that much! Every time we visit Colombia we try to eat everything we can and get back to Sweden with a couple of kilos more.

“Home made food is the best” some people say… and in this case it is totally true! Ajiaco, bandeja paisa, sanchoco, calentado, mojarra, plátano, bagre, tamal, buñuelo, almojábana, sobrebarriga, among others, make the meal time the most enjoyable part of the day.

These are some of the dishes we tried this time, please don’t get too hungry!

 

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Beautiful landscapes

Mountains everywhere! Bogotá (capital of Colombia) is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Monserrate is one of the most known, with a hot canelazo and a delicious arepa, you can enjoy a perfect view of the center and south part of the city.

Colombia has it all in terms of landscapes: beautiful beaches, amazing waterfalls, powerful rivers, peaceful lakes, incredible deserts and even a little bit of snow, all within a few hours by car or air, basically you can reach any weather whenever you want.

 

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Family and friends

People in Colombia is catalogued as one of the happiest people in the world (even with all the internal conflicts in the country). The happiness and the kindness of the people fill your heart with love and makes you forget all the problems for a moment.

Parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunties, cousins and all the in-laws are always there to help you, guide you, make you laugh and sometimes even annoying you, but at the end, they are your family and you love them.

Our friends… how to forget them! Maybe we don’t talk or see them very often but they are always in our minds and hearts. When we meet them after a long time is like the time haven’t passed. So many stories to share, laughs and memories that makes you feel young again.

This is definitely what makes the goodbyes so difficult, you are not alone in this world but you can feel very lonely when you are away, isn’t it?

 

 

What we won’t miss that much…

Traffic, cars and lots of motorcycles. Impossible to move around without getting stuck in a traffic line. A journey that should take 20 minutes can take you more than an hour. Public transportation is not very good, it has improved… yes, but there is still a lot to do to get a decent service. Lots and lots of holes on the streets make any trip feels like a rollercoaster.

Noise and mess. Remember, we told you that people in Colombia is happy? Well, that is one of the factors that contributes to the high level of noise and mess. Everywhere you go, there is music, car horns, people screaming, noises of building construction, sirens and a lot more help to the noise pollution.

Well, that’s all for now. We just wanted to share with you a little bit of what we left some years ago when we decided to start our new adventure in Sweden.

 

One last thing…

  • Have you left your country? What is that thing you miss the most?
  • Are you thinking about leaving your country? What do you think you will miss the most?

 

Please share with us, we would like to hear it!

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12 Comments

  1. August 22, 2016
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    The country sounds lovely if it wasn’t for all the mess, pollution and cars.
    The food looks delicious.
    I live in Bangkok in Thailand. The traffic here is atrocious. it’s certainly one thing I won’t miss when my wife and my family return to the UK.
    I’ve been out of the UK now for 17 1/2 years and am returning because of my family.
    What will I miss about Thailand? Certainly not the smell, the pollution, the mess, the traffic and not really even the people.
    Thailand itself has named itself as the land of smiles, but trust me it’s the land of six faces!
    It’s great on the outside as a tourist, but once you’ve lived here for a long time things really do start to get you down.
    I will miss the weather.
    I’m really not looking forward to going back to England and having to put up with dark, wet miserable days, day in day out.
    But family and the children’s education must come first.

    • J&J
      August 22, 2016

      Oh wow 17 years in Thailand!!! That must have been a totally different life compared to UK!
      We definitely agree with the six faces part, probably same as everywhere else…
      Best of luck for you on UK, hopefully you will get used to the cold again!

  2. August 22, 2016
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    Awesome information here!! I have to say that some of those foods look amazing!!!!! I love great food, you have inspired me to put that on my bucket list, thanks for all the great pictures 🙂

    • J&J
      August 22, 2016

      Thank you! Food, food, food… you can find the recipes online, just google the names I wrote above, maybe you can try some 😊

  3. Art Manalo
    August 22, 2016
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    The thought of traveling just so excites me! Your photos of beautiful Columbia and the delicious food brings back joyous memories of my overseas vacation to the Philippines (20+ years ago)! I still remember it vividly! Had the best time! We were there for a month and cried when I left! We live in the U.S. and don’t plan to leave but traveling is always a number 1 priority for me! Keep up the great work! 🙂

    • J&J
      August 22, 2016

      What a great trip! We heard Philippines culture is kind of similar to Latinamerican culture, so I guess you have a good idea of how it is to leave such amazing things… Hope you can get back there someday to remember the old days. Thx for your comment!

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