Moving to Colombia

Moving to Colombia, would involve a different culture and the need to become proficient in a new language. There would no doubt be many changes, and many things to learn.

Relocating to another country can be overwhelming at first. We transplant ourselves from an environment where everything is familiar, to one where nothing is. There is so much to absorb, and emotions run the gamut from excitement to frustration. 

We can never imagine how we might feel in such a different setting and it doesn't take long to find out.

Patience Truly Is a Virtue

Along with suitcases, came a Type-A “get-it-done-yesterday” mindset and very quickly we discover the pace of life in Latin America is altogether different.

Bureaucracy sometimes feels like an endurance sport. After waiting forever for your turn at a government office, no matter the documents we provide, the process always seems to require “one more thing”.

In the beginning, this can drive us crazy, but as we settle into the rhythm of the new culture, we discover patience is a virtue.

Smiles Are the Universal Language

At first, the lack of fluency in the language of our newly adopted country can create awkward situations, however, no matter where we are, a smile is the language everyone understands. 

Our Country of Origin Looks Different from Afar

Living abroad changes our perception. On one hand, we feel a greater appreciation for our home nation’s prosperity and efficiency. But after observing and experiencing life here, we begin to question the relentless pursuit of accumulation, consumption, wealth, and upward mobility where we came from.

People Are People

It is far too easy to pigeonhole people - and entire nationalities - based on limited stereotypical information; such biases can even exist within different regions of the same country. One of the greatest blessings is experiencing the basic goodness of people, no matter where they live. Locals have consistently been kind, compassionate, and helpful. 

All We Need to Know

Do we need to leave your home country to improve on humility, patience, and kindness? Technically, no, but it is all too easy to get caught-up in the frenetic energy of a fast-paced society back home, which offers little reward for quiet contemplation.