One day, something made me wanna go on a trip to somewhere exotic. I went to my room and browsed a bit online. Must first choose a continent. Europe is so expected. After considering, I decided to return to my Latin American roots and visit Colombia. That was just what I needed. I searched for cheap flights and found a good option.
Two days later, I packed my suitcase and drove my car to the airport. I'd never traveled alone, so this was quite an adventure. Got a little disoriented at the airport and barely caught my plane. I was excited to be setting off without even a hotel reservation. Just open to the adventure. The plane took off and some fear finally set in about traveling alone so far to an unknown place. I arrived at a small airport in Cartagena. Found a taxi with a driver who was Mexican like me. While chatting with him, I learned of a place where log cabins were rented. I loved the pristine natural site immediately. There was no noise except animal sounds.
Feeling exhausted, I went to bed early. Pulled the mosquito net over the giant bed and slept hard. In the middle of the night, I heard a ruckus that scared me, because the cabin had no lock. Anyone could enter at will. Nevertheless, I fell back to sleep easily.
In the morning, sun rays fell early across the mattress, so I had to get up. Plus, I was a bit shocked by a beautiful blue chameleon who had crawled thru the window onto my bed. Outside, the taxi driver from the previous day was waiting. He offered a tour and I accepted. He stopped to pick up some others, including an unignorable guy who was tall and dark but with blue eyes.
We drove thru a local animal reserve. Giraffes, elephants, zebras, and gazelles were all cool. Yet, lions hanging close on all sides raised the temperature a notch. Had they wanted us for a snack, they would likely have had us. Once out of the reserve, we got out for a walk. I introduced myself to blue eyes. He was from Madrid, Spain and was also adventuring.
The two of us went to a restaurant. The cuisine included meats like crocodile and buffalo. After talking, smiling and blushing at the table for a while, we took a hike. The jungle was filled with monkeys, one of my favorite creatures. It was also full of tarantulas and scorpions, about which I have different feelings. My companion was an animal lover and encyclopedia of animal info.
I spent two weeks in Columbia. This was undoubtedly one of the best journeys of my life. Suffice it to say, I saw more of blue eyes as well.
Vanessa Monserrat Beltran Jimenez is a model and travel writer. She is from Mexico but now lives in Los Angeles. She welcomes reader comments.