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I proudly hail from the Magic City of Miami but I'm a seed of Colombian flowers. Equally as proud of my Colombian-Arab heritage, I try to incorporate all the most fascinating elements from the many cultures that I've encountered while living and visiting various places abroad, sometimes feeling like a human-version of a Jackson Pollack painting. Every color and stroke representing a different culture.
I travel quite often and despise hotels. I tend to search for small guesthouses, flats, and B&Bs if I can find a decent one in the destination of choice. There's nothing like feeling you're at home while thousands of kilometers/miles away from your bed. I travel light and attempt to immerse myself as quickly and as long as possible before breaking away from the destination and beginning the journey once again. However, now I typically travel to places where I know someone or there's someone to host me. The human interaction and comfort from someone opening their home or small establishment reminds me of my family and culture, so I attempt to replicate it as often as possible. I consider myself to be an excellent guest (of course!), considerate/respectful and personable, but to be honest, I much rather be the host.
When I travel, I travel in comfort. If you were to search my bag, you would always find my iPhone with a few new music mixes to keep me entertained, a brand new book (Victorian sci-fi and historical fiction tend to be my leisure reading as of late), sunglasses, the latest magazines I have yet to read at home, lots of healthy snacks (and sweets!), and a small sack filled with travel essentials (tiger balm, lip balm, pain reliever, cipro, etc.). The Boy Scouts of America got it right with their motto, "Always be prepared." A camera is a great travel accessory but can occasionally become a distraction or an imposition.
It's difficult to pin down any number of favorite destinations besides Colombia. I've traveled enough throughout the country, and spent enough time with its people, that I can confidently express my adoration and admiration for the country and its revival. Viva Colombia! Okay, I can say this: some of my favorite places to visit in any city/town are always going to be the local open-air or super market and record store, and of course the best, most typical food place the destination has to offer.