Reconnecting with Colombia’s Caribbean Coast and the Sierra Nevada
With nearly two months since settling into Colombian life there is a lot I can share. From incredible trips along Colombia’s Caribbean coast and high up in the Sierra Nevada, to a busy work schedule of conferences, workshops, and forums, my time here has been nothing short of enriching and eventful. And now finally sealing the deal on a great apartment, and the arrival of my partner Simon, I’m settling into life here in the Sierra Nevada and am looking forward to the coming months of work and travel.
Living in Valledupar has a number of perks of you're one interested in travel and culture. It’s located at the very base of the world famous Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, which is home to a number of indigenous groups as well as Tairona National Park. Valledupar is also just over three hours from the Caribbean coast and about a five hour drive to the Venezuelan border. Being one that loves both the mountains and sea I feel really fortunate to be living in such a beautiful location. I've been taking advantage of my weekends to explore more of this region and the diversity it holds.
Within my first few weeks of work with UNDP I've had the opportunity to attend and participate in a number of conferences, both in Valledupar as well as in rural communities outside of the city. These conferences and workshops focused primarily of themes of gender equity and peace building, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian women, rural communities, violence against women, internal displacement, and women’s political participation. The following post will be focusing on these conferences as well as introduce some of the gender projects I will be working on until December.