Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Less than One Month to Go: The Colombia To-Do List
I still can't believe in 3 weeks time, yes 3 weeks to the day, I will be jetting back to good ol' Blighty after six months in Colombia.
For want of a better reflective, looking back on time cliché, these 6 months have flew by. To say the least, I don't regret coming back to Colombia, despite my reservations that the second time round would maybe ruin my love for Colombia.
My mam and dad are not going to like seeing this, but my love for Colombia has only grew and I can see myself coming back to Colombia again, and again, and again.
As is the tradition, I set myself an overambitious list to do before I leave and so in the next three weeks I hope to:
1. Finally go to Eslabón Prendido on a Tuesday. This place is the place to go for salsa in Medellín and I've heard so much about it, I really want to go and shake what my mamma gave me and have a proper Colombian send-off, dancing the night away.
2. Make it to Chocó to see the humpback whales. I really, really, really hope to fit this in before leaving. Chocó has been top of my to-go list since my friend told me all about, and ever since I've been rewatching ChocQuibTown videos to make do.
3. Go see a football game. This is probably one of the least likely ones, as I always seem to find out about the game, when it's just about to start, but we'll see.
4. Finally, go to Santa Fé de Antioquia. It's only an hour and a half away and once again, I been told how beautiful the old colonial town is. But somehow, I still haven't made it there.
5. Finally eat a bandeja paisa. This is practically sacrilege considering how long I've been in Medellín, but hear me out, I've had all of the different components of bandeja paisa just not all together. For those who have yet to experience a bandeja paisa, it's a traditional dish from Medellín and I'm surprised it hasn't featured on Man Vs Food, considering it consists of chorizo, chicharrón (fried pork rind), morcilla (black pudding), mince, avocado, fried egg, plantain and rice. It is huge, and it requires a big appetite.
6. Go back to Comuna 13. I think it's just such a fascinating place, and I would love to do the graffiti tour to find out the stories behind the murals.
7. Paraglide over Medellín. I had the best intentions of doing so after my birthday two years back, but you know how things go. A few too many shots of aguardiente may or may not been involved in the process of losing all motivation to paraglide over Medellín. I think it would be a great way to say goodbye to Medellín.
And finally...8. Learn as much Spanish as possible. My Paisa friends are doing everything in their power to ensure I learn as many paisa phrases as possible, which is great as I want to improve my Spanish as much as possible before going. I still have a way to go, but I have improved greatly since being here.
It's very likely I won't do everything, but I intend to make the very most of my final three weeks here in Medellín *sob*. Feria de las Flores starts in just over a week, so I'm sure I will have a corker.
Any suggestions to add to my Colombia to-do list?