This time last year I was lucky enough to be travelling around Colombia. Even with my (and my mother’s) pre conceptions about this cultured and historical country, I knew I was going to learn so much from it and the people there. Although it was a rocky start being so out of my comfort zone, this place was a paradise.
This picture was taken in the city of Cartagena, a 16th century town important for its port, ideally situated for trade to Spain and back. It is the most vibrant city I have ever visited, and with its brightly coloured balconies and huge, beautiful and bold wooden doors, the positivity is hard to ignore. As well as being the safest (at present) city in Colombia (there you go mum…!), the people were as exciting as the colours. The mural painted onto this wall reminded me of how close we can be as humans. We are all so lucky to be related to each other in our humanity, no matter which country we live in or our upbringing. I can only imagine how people here in Cartagena would see my little corner of Essex, but I am incredibly grateful for their little corner of Colombia, and I am smiling.