So I just wrote an article for The National Student about a few of the reasons I love Manizales, Colombia and why you will too! Here’s an excerpt:
“Two weeks ago, with nothing more than a small suitcase and the clothes on my back, I took 3 flights that took me from London’s bustling metropolis to the mountain city of Manizales, Colombia.
Manizales is a city filled with hills, winding roads, colourful houses and equally colourful people. The population is just over half a million people and the city sits 2,180 metres above sea level. It is known for being a university city with more than 8 different schools.Manizales would be my home for the next month as I worked at a fair trade coffee company, the prospect of which was equally exciting and intimidating. I had no idea what to expect from Colombia at all; would I feel safe? Would I enjoy myself? Well, during my first two weeks in Colombia I have done more than just enjoy myself – I have completely fallen in love with this city and all the people in it, and here are seven reasons why you will too:
1. Manizales’ neighbourhoods
There are so many great neighbourhoods in Manizales, and most of them you wouldn’t know about if you didn’t happen upon them or get a recommendation from a local. Downtown Manizales is a great place to introduce yourself to the city and get your bearings. It is a bit touristy but you are rewarded with colourful houses and historic buildings. Fruit stalls line the streets where you can buy delicious cups of fresh mangoes, pineapple and so on, with all sorts of spices on top. While in Downtown, climbing to the top of the cathedral is a must. The cathedral sits on one of the highest points in the city and at the top, you will be greeted with an amazing 360-degree view of the city and the mountains.”
If you want to read the rest, check out the article here!