Growing up in a Colombian family I’ve had the chance to visit Medellin a number of times.
You’d think that after 11 trips to Medellin I’d get sick of it… NOT A CHANCE!
So why am I heading back there? Here’s my story…
I’ve been working as a Spanish teacher in Jersey since I graduated in January of 2009.
My job is a dream, my colleagues have slowly become good friends and my students are hysterical.
I pictured myself staying at H—— School until my retirement but then came the most painful school budget cuts that the state of New Jersey has ever seen.
Unfortunately for me (and for my students), the Spanish program was cut in half and being a non-tenured teacher put me on the chopping block.
I was devastated… but not for long. I had always dreamed of living in Medellin because I wanted to surround myself with its amazing landscapes, friendly people, delicious foods, and crazy nightlife.
In mid April, after weeks of uncertainty at work, I received the best advice from the wisest woman I know.
My mother, born and raised in Envigado, consoled me with these words, “Cuando una puerta se cierra, se abren muchas”. (Let me translate this for all of my Spanish challenged friends out there; When one door closes, many others open up!)
With that I took a quick trip over the Hudson River to visit the Colombian Embassy. In less than 2 hours I received my Colombian citizenship, passport, and “cedula”.
Ironically enough, it took my mother 15 years to get her American citizenship & passport. This was yet another clear sign for me pointing directly towards MEDELLIN!
So here I am today… I find myself with a one-way ticket to Jose Maria Córdoba airport in Medellin, Colombia.
I’m ecstatic to be sharing my journey with Medellin Living and everyone out there who’s interested in traveling to the undiscovered beauty that is Medellin.
I’ll be writing about my day-to-day life as I transition from an American citizen to a Colombian citizen.
I’ll also be writing about some volunteer work I plan on taking part in, finding a job as an English teacher, local rock bars and exciting opportunities in and around Medellin. Enjoy.