Or certainly not only but at least. Day 100 of my Caribbean travels and the 58th day in Colombia, wow, time flies by! I think I have been long enough now in Colombia to call myself a true insider and to share with you some facts about the everyday life here in Cartagena, and among the Colombians. ;)
As always when moving to a new country, there are small, simple things that are different. Things that surprise, annoy, and at times drive one crazy. But that is what makes each country special, and living abroad such an enriching experience. What is funny is that with time you get used to almost anything. Even if I could still think of many many things that are beyond my comprehension in France compared to Finland, I now feel so at home in Paris that they don't bother me (that much) anymore. The same would probably happen in Colombia as well if I lived here for longer (or not, ask my boss N, who has been here for some 15 years!) but right now I'm enjoying life as a foreigner and trying to just laugh about it when something gets complicated. Here comes a non-exhaustive list of my first learnings and observations:
1. Shopping, grocery stores and food:
2. Client service and work life:
5. Other random things:
6. Speaking Colombian:
And what about me after 100 days spent in the Caribbean? Well, I’m tanned, I speak Spanish and I’m having fun. So I’m surviving ok. :)
I'm Emilia, Finnish-Parisian, a recent Master's graduate. I'm currently traveling around the Caribbean and on a volunteering mission in Colombia. I'm passionate about writing, music and different kinds of sports. I can't wait to discover new places and cultures - and share my adventures with you!