Having left Colombia last week, I've had time to reflect on what truly makes this country so special. Over the last two decades, Colombia has suffered from a case of mistaken identity; where outside perceptions have been shaped around a single period in time. A country, masked beneath the influence of narco culture, and a period which paved the way to numerous social inequalities, and further chaos in the rebel movement. A reputation built from a period of insecurity, instability and injustice.
While this facade still lingers in many ways, the foundation of Colombia's identity has remained seemingly unchanged. Kept alive in the Colombian people; who never lost sight of where the true riches of the country lie. From colonial plazas of the Eje Cafetero, the sweeping deserts of La Guajira or the colourful costeño homes through the Caribbean, Colombians carry themselves with an energy that is infinitely welcoming and infatuating to be around. Proud, diverse and open. This is the true sense of Colombia that people should and will know. #colombiaismagicalrealism 🇨🇴