This is why I Layer Culture. This is why I take trips of growth. The purpose of this video was to reflect on my first solo travel to Bogotá 2015. The people I met, the things I saw and the short interactions I made.
I appreciate you
Thank you to all that subscribe to Layer Culture. A project I created when I realised my day-to-day patterns were no longer serving me.
Since I recorded part 1 of this video back in November 2015. I have made many breakthroughs in my life, both locally and globally. Not only in areas that are visible today, but also in things that will contribute to my life moving forward.
I really want to start this by asking a question… Are you living your truth?
Where it all Started
Last year I mentioned how my success was linked to a location. I still believe this. I have managed to narrow this right down to a specific region. As you may have guessed this region is Latin America.
For me, Latin America encompasses the Caribbean. The Caribbean is the place where my ancestors reside. This has become a very important place for me.
Landing in Bogotá back in November 2015, I met some really interesting people. Mainly local people who have being polite enough to share their ideas, customs and own ways of thinking. This has been paramount to me learning Spanish.
Giving me the confidence to develop my knowledge of the language further.
I’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks to everybody who has influenced me over this last year. Layer Culture just started as a thought. At first, I didn’t know how to express it or what it really meant to me.
All I remember was questioning whether or not I was living my truth. This was very difficult time for me. The thought came up after discussing various topics with close friends and mentors I had at the time.
A realisation hit me, I had to do something outside of myself. Something bigger than myself. To be able to find the answer to the underlying question.
A Call to Action
Back in July 2015 I bought a small video camera. I had the idea of capturing more moments from my life. If you’ve read my earlier posts, you’ll see how did my first solo travel to Central America back in 2014 to learn how to speak Spanish.
Like I mentioned in Part 1. I felt as If I had not shared the best parts of my trip with the people I love and care about. Many friends of mine felt out of touch with me during that period. To be honest, I don’t blame them at all.
This is where I began recording some of the things I saw and the people I met.
Landing in Bogotá
Landing in Bogotá for the first time. I knew it was my time to live the dream I’d envisioned for myself. I stayed in a hostel. I made friends with locals and travellers.
From a cultural perspective I was aware of the dangers of staying in hostels. Especially when your aim is to meet local people. But still, I am the type of person that respects all people and brains.
💡Smart Travel Tip
If you’re in Bogotá, check out la chorrera Waterfall it’s the tallest in Colombia!
I was actually surprised when I met Korean people also speaking Spanish. Or, at the very least trying to pick up the lingo. I found Bogotá a very difficult city to navigate. It seemed humongous, overwhelming and sometimes impolite.
I arrived with no expectations other than learning Spanish and eating good food.
Luckily, I managed to meet a local girl called Julieta. She showed me a local dish, which was almost enough to give me a heart attack.
After we walked around the main walking street. My favourite thing about Bogotá is how lively it was. You can see people from all over Colombia trying to make ends meet in the big capital city that it is.
This is why I Layer Culture
I find travel the best way to break from the known. I’ve gained and provided so much value just from positioning myself within these new environments.
My time in Bogota was only a prequel to the rest of a trip I took which in total, spanned over 5 months.
I spent 6 days connecting with the city and it’s people. But, in this case found it very difficult to dig below the surface. The short human transactions I made were genuine. They taught me that I have a lot more to learn in Colombia.
I’m not on a search for the perfect place or location. Im just following my heart. This is why I Layer Culture and this is my truth.
I constantly ask myself why I do what I do. I don’t always get it right. But I feel like I’m taking the necessary steps towards becoming a better me.
Are you living your truth? Imagine the consequences if you found out you wasn’t.
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