From Nomad to Expat: The Next Chapter

From Nomad to Expat: The Next Chapter

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – Miriam Beard

Times are a-changin’.

For the past four years, I have been propelled by an unseen force (otherwise known as restlessness) into the next town, the next country, the next continent. Travel was a high, and the longer I did it, the harder it became to stop, the more natural it seemed, and the more necessary to life.

But the momentum has slowed. The act of packing, traveling, checking in, and wandering around, has become a routine just like any other.

I’ve now been in Medellin for the past five months. This is a record I haven’t broken since my time in Australia in 2009.

It’s been nice. Instead of feeling bored by the same bars and restaurants, hanging out with the same people, and seeing the same places over and over, I feel content.

I like knowing so many people in the city. Recognizing people on the street is a novelty. And it’s been pretty fascinating to receive feedback from my friends about who I am compared to my self-perception of myself.

Side note: Valid external feedback comes from being in someone’s presence over time, which is an experience I haven’t had in years. Long-term travel does trippy things to your mind, a topic I will address in a future post.

I always tell people that Colombia is the “tierra de mi alma“. When I’m not here, I miss it. So the solution to that problem is: why leave?

As my views toward hardcore travel changes, my interest in photography is increasing. That’s why I’ll be staying in the city on a student visa to continue studying photography for the next couple of years.

When I started studying at the beginning of this year, my goal was to answer two questions: Do I have potential to be a good photographer? and Does it interest me enough to hold my attention over the long term? The answer to both questions is yes, and I can’t wait to continue the learning process.

I’m also going to be focusing more energy into expanding my online empire. Medellin is a great city for entrepreneurs (female ones, too) and the untapped potential Colombia offers is exciting and inspiring. I hope to be a part of her growth in the coming years.

This summer, I’ll be heading back to the U.S. for a few weeks to visit my parents in Tampa, my sister in Orlando, and to spend a long weekend in New York City. I’m also going to be buying a better camera than I have now (note to Canon users: would love to get your feedback on the Rebel T3i vs T2i).

What this means for Jasmine Wanders

Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere! My blog will transform into an expat-centered blog as opposed to a traditional travel blog (and I’ll be re-branding to reflect the change soon). You can also expect more photo essays and musings about the idiosyncrasies of life in Paisalandia.

I also want to shout out my readers. My fan base is growing and I want to thank you all for your support, emails, comments, likes, tweets, and all the love! Feel free to reach out to me whenever you have questions or comments. I love hearing from you all!

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