Getting Ready for Another Drifting Endeavor

Up until just a few days ago, I didn’t know where I’d be drifting to next.  As I’ve been virtually location stagnant in central Florida for the last month, I needed to make a decision.  I thought: Just where on earth am I going to go?

I flirted with the idea of visiting the Iberian Peninsula because it boasts a mild climate, allows the ability to improve on language skills, and has some of the best gastro delights on the planet.  Another perk is that Northwest Africa is practically a stone’s throw away over the strait of Gibraltar.

Ever since I visited the Moroccan border town of Tangiers for a day back in ’04, and didn’t go any farther into Morocco, I’ve been dreaming about visiting more places in Europe’s backyard.  I’ve also thought about venturing beyond, into the exotic unknown, deeper into Africa.

After exploring a one way ticket to Madrid, I couldn’t find anything for under a thousand bucks.  I thought: Is it just me or is airfare pricier than ever?

Since I’m in Florida, and South America sits just across the Caribbean, I opted to mess around with flights and prices to go there.  I wasn’t able to find any great deals until I started plugging in dates and clicking cities on Spirit Air.  It was there I managed a one-way ticket to Medellín, the second biggest city in Colombia.  The cost: $277, and that’s after shelling out $33 to check-in my red backpack.

In Colombia, I can improve my Spanish skills, delve into Colombian cuisine, and enjoy the year-round spring-like temps of this Andean city of about 2.5 million people.

I’ve never been to Medellín.  I don’t know anyone in this copiously populated city. What will I do when I get there?   I don’t know if I’ll attempt to rent an apartment and stay for a bit.  I don’t know if I’ll move onward.  Perhaps I’ll remain in Colombia.  Maybe I’ll make my way south towards Ecuador.   Right now I have no idea.

It may sound strange to be going somewhere without a concrete plan.  I know that I’ll book a place to stay for when I arrive. I’ll research the best way to get from the airport to that place in the city. I’m leaning towards a hostel bed for around $10.  I’ll have wifi and will be spending time writing and building my website.   I’ll be taking pictures and experimenting with video.  Other than that, life will be lived on a whim.

I’ll enter with eyes wide open, ready to explore and experience my world and its people.

I’m slated to fly to Medellín on Tuesday. I look forward to this drifting endeavor.

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Do you know anything about the city of Medellín?  How about the country of Colombia? Is there something you’d like to know? Feel free to leave a comment.  If you have something more personal you’re welcome to send an email to mike@earthdrifter.com

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13 responses to this post.

  1. You inspire me! I look forward to reading more….

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  2. Posted by Mamma on January 4, 2012 at 22:51

    talk to you soon, hope all is going well !

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  3. Posted by Darren on December 30, 2011 at 16:45

    Hope to see you in Colombia, but I probably won’t make it that far south… think I’ll be laying it down in Guatemala…

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  4. Posted by Annie on December 30, 2011 at 00:22

    My sister in law is Colombian. She was there a couple of years ago to visit family and they rented a house with a maid and cook for very little money. That might be the best way to go for you, if your thinking of staying a while. Safe trip and look forward to reading about your adventures! Happy New Year!

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  5. Posted by Shane on December 29, 2011 at 18:20

    Colombia – wow amazing experience, food, weather and scenery is amazing there! If anyone offers to take you Bull Fighting I’d consider passing, its brutal!! it is an experience – but brutal…

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    • SHANE: Colombia’s definitely beautiful with the Amazon, Andes, Caribbean, and Pacific, and more than likely a lot more. Thanks for the advice. I saw rooster fighting in Nicaragua. The social aspect was interesting. As for bull fighting; I can’t see it reshaping my personal culture in a positive way so I won’t go out of my way to check it out.

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  6. Posted by Pru on December 28, 2011 at 23:07

    Looking forward to reading about your experiences in Columbia. Much luck in your latest journey.

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  7. How exciting – each destination contains endless possibilities!

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  8. Posted by Al on December 28, 2011 at 16:52

    I spent a couple of days in a Colombian town called Cúcuta, on the Venezuelan border, and I haven’t been back since, though I´ve always wanted to. I look forward to drifting vicariously thanks to your blog, to Medellín and beyond.

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