Sippin’ on some brew with our favorite owl while we plan a trip to Seattle and Vancouver next month! 😋☕️ Anyone have coffee shop recommendations or places we must see?! Let us know! ✨🙌🏼✨ #coffeeandconvos#connectcaffeinatecreate
Comuna 13, aka San Javier, was once labeled the most dangerous community in South America, due to astronomical homicide rates, crime and forced displacement of thousands of residents. Thousands of its closely stacked brick and cement homes crawl up along the western hills of Medellín. It was a pivotal center for paramilitary, guerrilla, and gang activity, including those who once followed the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Now, thankfully, this vibrant community is safe enough for a lone gringo to stroll through with a camera in hand; during the day, at least. Art and creativity have salvaged the area as a vehicle for creative and political expression. The walls became a canvas to tell its history, beautifying the area and bringing optimism and peace of the residents, children, and visitors. Street art, combined with public libraries and escalators providing easier access to the city centre continue to show just how, with hope, the right leadership, good intentions and effective implementation, any place can change for the better.