About 2 years ago I was working in Geneva, Switzerland as a database consultant. One morning, on my way to visit a client, I stared out of the train window and something hit me, something that told me that there had to be more to life than this. I wasn’t unhappy, I had friends, I worked for a good company, I was good at my job but it just wasn’t right – I needed to do something different, something for me.
Fast forward to November 2008 and I boarded a plane in Geneva which took me to Argentina, and apart from a couple of months, I’ve been in South America ever since. I’ve travelled most of South America, at least most of what you could call the backpacker trail, spent a few months doing voluntary work in Buenos Aires, and this past January I arrived in Colombia.
I’d heard a lot about Colombia – even before leaving Geneva, 2 Colombians I worked with told me not to go, at least not alone. Once I got to South America however, I started hearing much more, and only good things. I knew it had to be on the list. I’m travelling with my girlfriend who I met in Argentina, but who is originally from Cali, so it’s been wonderful to be able to see Colombia through the eyes of a local and discover things for myself at the same time.
Thanks to Dave, and through my posts here over the next few weeks, I hope to share with you some of the amazing places I have seen in this great country, but also write about the general context of the country so that hopefully you can get a better understanding of what makes Colombia tick and how to make the most of your time here.
My name is Jonathan Evans, I have my own blog where you can follow my past (and future) adventures and I’m also on Twitter. I look forward to your comments and hope you enjoy what I have to say!