By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

One of my favorite things about traveling in Colombia is the impression that time has come to a standstill.  In our modern world filled with notifications, constant updates and the ability to message anyone anywhere in the world at any time of the day, instant gratification has never been so easy.  We are connected more than ever and those connections indeed spread far and wide but yet they remain quite shallow.  Whiling away the day chatting over a cup of coffee is nearly absent, something only reserved for special occasions like getting together with an old, dear friend.  It’s become something we add to our calendars rather than a way of life. These opportunities for deep connections are often eschewed due to a perceived ‘lack of time’.  Our schedules are constantly filled up with things to do and even a real phone call can seem like another thing to add to the list.