About Ximena

Born in Manizales, raised in the US, Ximena loves writing about the space in between her two cultures.

The Studio: A Social Movement Built on Organic Networking

The Studio isn’t a place, it’s not a destination, it’s a way of life inspired by the desire to create a community of young professionals and creatives in Medellín.

Cocolatte: The Coffee Shop Envigado Was Waiting For

Cocolatte is the coffee shop Envigado was in desperate need of. With great coffee, pet friendly, good wifi, central location, what else do you need?

El Dorado Spanish School: Spanish Classes Designed for You

El Dorado Spanish School is located in Envigado and was founded three years ago by a Colombian-Polish couple, Robinson and Ewa.

Göra: Medellín’s First Open Downtown Makerspace

Göra is a new makerspace downtown made for creatives, innovators, artists and curious people in Medellín. They provide equipment to build your ideas.

Siembra Coworking on Calle 10

Siembra is a new coworking space located on Calle 10 in Poblado, near cafes, restaurants and public transportation. They’ve been open for almost two months and are focused on intercultural, interdisciplinary coworking that leads to better networking, connections, and work environments.

Los Clásicos: Authentic Old-School Barber Shop in Laureles

Los Clásicos is an authentic old-school Laureles barber shop opened by a Colombian-American barber. They specialize in scissor cuts and hot towel shaves with a great neighborhood feel.

Bourné: Custom Fit Jeans Made Locally

Operating out of Laureles, Bourné is an American-owned jean company located in Medellín, offering affordable, locally made custom fit jeans that will modify classicly styled jeans to your unique shape.

Kusi: Peruvian Cuisine in Laureles

Ximena tells us about Kusi,a new Peruvian restaurant in Laureles on Nutibara. Its name, meaning happiness, is a perfect description of the dining experience it provides.

At Home Abroad: Stories of the Expat Life

Word Metro Press has just published At Home Abroad: Today’s Expats Tell Their Stories, a collection of insightful expat stories from 31 authors who represent people living abroad.

La Taza: Mediterranean-Inspired Café In Laureles

La Taza is a Mediterranean-inspired café located near the second park of Laureles with proximity to restaurants, bars, and design shops in the trendy area.