I spent the last two weeks in Cartagena, Colombia and I am writing this airborne on my way to The Galápagos Islands. (I am posting this a week later as the internet in The Galápagos was near non existent).
There has always been something about being on the move, being up in the air, and in transit that sparks my inner glow. When I travel, I feel like I am everything— expanding at every passport stamp, every person I met, every story I share, every meal I digest.
Leading up to the trip, I was overwhelmed. Do I have everything? What will happen? Am I prepared? I powered through the weeks prior like a bullet train, leaving little room for anything but checklists.
Once I landed in Cartagena, I could exhale. I felt like I was being reacquainted with a city as well as the nomadic part of me. I quickly dove into the reason why I was back- documenting the dance company Periferia for my VSCO Artist Initiative project.
As I wandered the colorful streets and found pockets of life, I couldn’t help but realize that while traveling requires momentum, it somehow allows me to slow down. I stayed in the neighborhood Getsemaní and stumbled upon families sitting outside, doors open, music blaring, talking, sharing, eating, etc. Window scenes full of people playing cards, observing the streets, and engaging with each other. I realized that life in Cartagena allowed for time and community. I thought back to my weeks prior, or even months prior of constant hustling, and thought to myself, when was the last time I allowed for time to drip? I was working every day and yet I felt incredibly more calm. The quality of life felt noticeably different.