Kasia Janik

Joined July 2019
  • Day16

    Paradies - you got us!

    August 7 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We never imagined that we will miss the beach so much, but after these past days of city hopping it is time to get a serious chill mood on!

    For the first day we decided to hit the local beach „Tierra Bomba“ and what should I say - it was totally worth it:
    • almost no people (and NO tourists)
    • only 15 minutes by boat
    • friendly locals
    • back massage
    • super cozy beach bad
    • Rum bomb in a coconut
    • [...]

    Let the pictures speak for themselves!
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  • Day15

    Guatapé - Handmade with love

    August 6 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Before we head off to Cartagena we had to check out this lovely Pueblo called Guatapé. Colorful houses, nice people and a couple of super cute handmade stores. Really worth a little walkthrough.

  • Day14

    740 steps to go...

    August 5 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    After a rough and almost dangerous bus ride, we made it to sweet and loving Guatapé, a little Colonial Pueblo that is about 85 km from Medellín. True to the motto: „Been there, done that“ we checked in quickly and took the adventure of climbing up 740 steps of „La Piedra de El Peñol“ afterwards. Our effort got rewarded with an amazing view!

    In the evening we found a new buddy who we called Rico! 🐶 He followed us because he liked us... Oh no, I think because we got Pizza on our bag.
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  • Day13

    Comuna 13

    August 4 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Today we made a walking tour through Comuna 13 with a local guy, who got born and raised in Comuna 13 and really nows the hidden stories behind the touristic attraction.

    On the outside this barrio looks uprising and super hip, but when you look behind the facades you recognize the struggle all the people living here went through and still live in. It makes you realize quickly, that your own problems are mostly „luxury problems“ and that we can be super happy to live the life we have!Read more

  • Day12

    La Feria de las Flores

    August 3 in Colombia ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    Medellín’s biggest annual festival „La Feria de las Flores“ starts in August and is a huge 10-day festival to celebrate the paisa culture. This year is the 62nd annual Feria de las Flores in Medellín. Also, this festival is the most important social event for the city of Medellín. And the Flower Festival is one of the best ways to get an authentic taste of the local culture.

    As usual, this year’s Festival of Flowers schedule is packed with many events, big and small. And in 2019 there is expected to be a total of over 400 different events between public and private events for La Feria de las Flores.

    We decided to go to a big concert in the Stadion of Medellín. An amazing party from 7pm - 4am with high quality colombian acts such as:

    🌼 Becky G
    🌼 Malouma
    🌼 Marc Anthony
    🌼 Ozuna

    🌼 Carlos Vives
    🌼 Alex Fernandez Jr
    🌼 Jaycob Duque.

    It was amazing! We enjoyed a full night of „Baila, Baila, Baila“ to top acts and great happy songs!!! ☀️
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  • Day11

    Medellín - nice to meet you!

    August 2 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    After a rough and short night we rewarded us with a colorful breakfast full of vitamins at „Betty’s Bowls“ in the middle of hip Poblado. 🥑🥭🍉🍌

    To get a better overview of Medellín and to get to know the city we are going to stay in for the next couple of days, we booked a Free Walking Tour with the amazing guide „Pablo not Pedro“. The passion he put into his stories and the way he showed us his city was incredible and we really enjoyed every second of this 4-hour tour! Thank you, Pablo (not Pedro).🕵🏽‍♂️

    3 interesting things about Medellín:

    ✔️ The Metro has a deep cultural meaning and is a symbol of hope to the people, because it was a branch to hold on to, while all the bad stuff happened in the 90s. That is the reason why today - still - nobody even tries to ruin, scratch, spray or destroy any part of the whole metro complex.🚊

    ✔️ The transformation is real. Buildings of crime became the headquarters of education. Symbol of fears got rebuild and the society really figured out, that education has the power to change things to a better.📚

    ✔️ Why are Colombians so happy, although all this bad things happened in the past? - Colombian people have a bad collective memory and decided to forget everything bad that happened to them and look forward to new things.☀️
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  • Day10

    Cocora Valley

    August 1 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today started very touristy. We had to wait more than 30 minutes in line to catch a „Willy“ (Jeep) which brought us to the Cocora Valley. When we finally arrived there we were amazed by the nature we saw. The worlds biggest palm trees were expecting us. Or to see it from the perspective of a swiss guy we met on the road: „Cocora Valley looks like Switzerland with Palm Trees.“

    After our hike in this beautiful nature we had the traditional Salento food „Trucha“ for lunch an afterwards we took the last bus from Salento to Medellín. What we didn’t know at that time is that we had a 10 hour ride ahead of us - puh! Finally made it to Medellín - it’s 2:30 am! 😂
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  • Day9

    Two Cowgirls in Salento

    July 31 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    To explore beautiful Salento from a different perspective we jumped on our horses „Mustang“ and „Olafo“ and enjoyed a 5-hour horse ride through the Valley. Although it was a guided tour, the road was pretty challenging with stony ups and downs. We rode through the mountains & the valleys. We had stops at a local coffee farm and at some nice waterfalls inside of the jungle. And the best part of day, our long ride in the river, which was the most unique experience - EVER! The nature was just so fantastic that we cannot describe it.🌱🌺

    After this challenging but totally amazing day we enjoyed ourselves in the hot jacuzzi of our hostel. It was the perfect end of the day! 😍
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  • Day7

    Cali es Cali

    July 29 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Started the day with a free walking tour named „Salsa & Art“ which was amazing! We wandered around the city of Cali and learned many super interesting things about the birth of salsa music, it’s musicians and famous Cali personalities & artists. Our guide Paul was so passionate about his City Cali and infected us so much that we booked a second tour for the evening „Historic Cali“.

    3 FACTS ABOUT CALI

    1. „Cali es Cali, lo demás es loma“: Cali is Cali and the rest is in the mountains. No other city is like Cali.

    2. Salsa Capitol of Latin America and the famous salsa group „Grupo Niche“ got founded here.

    3. If you ever go to Cali, book a Free Walking Tour with Paul >> „Free Tour Cali“. 😎☀️

    In the evening we became real „Caleñas“ by taking a Salsa class in the famous salsa bar „La Topa Tolondra“, just to practice our skill in a local salsa bar. The colombians accepted our salsa moves very quickly and didn’t miss a chance to ask for a dance! One thing is clear - salsa entered our lives! 💃🏽💃🏽
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  • Day6

    Sunday in Cali

    July 28 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Since there are only a few things open on a Sunday we decided to follow our hosts recommendation and go to the local market „La Plaza de Mercado La Alameda“. First we were unsure if we‘d like it because the street were super empty and there was almost no life on the streets, but what we saw then was the total opposite. Locals buying fruits and food, having lunch in a bunch of traditional restaurants. We dove right into this nice place and tried a couple of colorful things as well followed by a visit in the regional zoo.🐅

    On the way back to the hostel we got out of the bus in a very creepy neighborhood. The guy without an arm and the lady heating up her fire on the sidewalk gave us a first Cali-Feeling.😬 But walking simply a couple of blocks down the road took us to a different world in which you can feel very secure!
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