Lessons Learned in Bogot√°, Colombia

“Colombia? Like, the country?”

This was a question I received countless times in the months leading up to my trip to Bogot√°, Colombia. While there were friends who were incredibly supportive of my trip, many people seemed absolutely baffled by my admission that my first experience abroad would be to a country few people associated with tourism. These offerings were disheartening, but regardless, I packed my bags and began the trip to the country that was such a mystery to me.