New Year’s Eve – Cartagena, Colombia
Did you know that in Colombia, South America, it is a tradition to wear white on New Year’s Eve? Wearing white symbolizes purity and a fresh start to the new year. So, while I was (and still am) trying to figure out how to properly wear winter white in sub-zero temperatures, Colombians were ringing in the New Year in white while turning up the heat to 80 degrees. Another fun fashion trend in Colombia? Wearing loud, colorful pants with bold prints.
Who told me? Caroline Misan Alvo, founder and leader behind Gambita, an online shopping destination for the petite woman (5’4″ and under), who recently spent 10 days in Colombia: Medellin, Santa Marta and Cartagena. And I am especially curious, because…? Because my birth father is Colombian, and I am interested in the Colombian people and culture.
Caroline says that the people of Colombia are very warm and friendly. They love their families and are a fun, party-loving people. Medellin is one of the largest cities in Colombia (Bogota is the largest) and home of Colombia’s national flower, the orchid. It has a definite urban feel. Santa Marta is a coastal city, with a small-town vibe. It borders a preserved park and is an up-and-coming city. And Cartagena? The very chic destination for the ‘who’s who’ of Colombia, with beautiful colonial architecture, great fashion and shopping. A very European city, Cartagena is home to the well-dressed.
Thank you, Caroline, for helping me learn more about my heritage.