Colombia: A Journey of Connection, Culture, and Kindness



Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Colombia for the first time and it was an experience that I will cherish forever so I wanted to share it with you. As a Spanish speaker from Nicaragua living in the United States, my trip to Colombia was not just a professional excursion but also a profound exploration of language, culture, and human connection. Working in the linguistic services industry, I embarked on a journey that broadened my horizons and enriched my personal experiences.

During my trip, I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa Torres, one of our advisors from Nimdzi, in person for the first time. Despite our numerous email exchanges, I truly didn’t know what to expect. While remote meetings have become increasingly convenient in today’s digital age, there is still an undeniable beauty in in-person interactions. Nothing could compare to the experience of finally meeting face-to-face. As we spent time together, we discovered how much we had in common, and I truly believe that this is the beginning of a wonderful connection that will last for a very long time.

The warmth of a smile, the genuine kindness, and the hospitality of the Colombian people left a lasting impression on me. I was able to connect with a group of young professionals that we met a couple of years ago from the USAID Colombia Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Fellows. Back then, I met them as clients, this time, we shared a game of “tejo” as friends. Seeing how much they are growing and the impactful programs they are now part of was both humbling and empowering.

Immersing myself in Colombian culture revealed a vibrant tapestry of experiences, from the bustling streets of Bogotá to the tranquil towns nestled in the Altiplano Cundiboyacense. The diverse culinary offerings, ranging from traditional arepas to exquisite Ajiaco dishes, showcased the true essence of Colombian cuisine – it’s not just about the flavors, but the warmth and love that accompany each meal.

Above all, what resonated most deeply with me was the palpable energy and humanity that infused every interaction. Whether engaging in business activities or sharing a meal with newfound friends, it was the genuine human connection that left the most lasting impression.

As I reflect on my journey, I carry with me a newfound appreciation for the universal language of kindness and empathy. My trip to Colombia served as a powerful reminder that in an increasingly virtual world, it is the human touch that truly makes all the difference. The beauty of in-person meetings lies not only in the exchange of ideas but also in the forging of authentic relationships that transcend geographical boundaries.