Well, I was really excited for my Colombian yoga/meditation retreat, but as travels go, sometimes things don’t go exactly right. I arrived at the retreat and climbed up the mountain with my 50lbs of backpacks to a not very warm welcome. The place was clean and neat, but definitely not my vibe and not what I was expecting from the explanation online. By the next morning I decided it wasn’t worth being miserable for the next week, so I cut my losses, and hiked about 3 km back to the bus station in town. I caught the next bus back to Medellin to regroup and come up with plan B.
On the 2.5 hour bus ride back to Medellin, I booked a room in El Centro, a different area from where I stayed the first time. I found a super cool, urban hotel for $19 (Hotel Gallery) and my attitude turned positive again. The room is fun, although only a very small window (look in the very top corner :-), so a bit dark, but clean and nice. The hotel has a great vibe with an awesome rooftop restaurant/bar. They gave me a coupon when I checked in for a free cocktail, so I went up last night and ended up staying for dinner and a couple more drinks while listening to the amazing live DJ! Everyone was so friendly and happy!
After breakfast this morning, my friends I met on the graffiti art tour a few days ago, sent me a message that the place they were staying now, up north in Minca, was looking for a new yoga instructor. This was just the tip I needed and it came at the right time. I looked into the lodge, Mundo Nuevo Eco-Lodge (https://mundonuevo.com.co/), and it is beautiful! I immediately sent them a message to which they replied who to contact for the yoga position. I sent an email, booked a flight and 5 nights at the lodge, bam, done! I have no idea what will happen with the teaching position, but either way, it looks like the beautiful retreat I’ve been craving.
So, today I will explore El Centro, and get my laundry done, and tomorrow I will head north!