Colombia - A Chance Connection

When I travel, I like to post photos as I go. It's nice to share my trip with my family and friends.  And often I will get suggestions from people about the places where I am visiting.   In May, 2016, posting on Facebook led to a chance connection with a friend.

I was spending my last day in Bogota, a city I truly loved visiting, when I got a Facebook message from my friend Saskia Nauenberg.   She and I served together in Peace Corps, living on the same island in Tonga.   During my service, I always enjoyed hanging out with Saskia, but I hadn't seen her in more than six years.

Saskia, who we called Siosi in Tongan, wrote that she also was in Colombia and wanted to know if I was coming to Cartagena.    I quickly replied and said "Yes, I'll be there tomorrow."   We made plans to get together.

The next day, I was in a coffee shop, having a lemonade when Saskia arrived. (Cartagena is known for its amazing lemonade.)   I never imagined that I would connect with someone I knew in Colombia.  

Saskia Nauenberg and Steve Hunsicker in Cartagena, Colombia

Saskia and I spent hours catching up.  We decided to go to dinner.  

I was in Cartagena with my friend Roberto Pazos working on an episode of the Peruvian TV show "Peruanos en el Mundo"   We met him and Guillermo Salgado, a Peruvian who lives in Cartagena,  at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the old city, where this photo was taken.


After saying good-bye to Saskia;  Roberto, Guillermo and I headed out to the wall of the old city.  While there, the entire city blacked out due to a power outage.   You can see our interview with him (and the power outage) in the  Peruanos en el Mundo episode below.  His part begins at 9:33.

I have also added a clip of a video Saskia made about her Peace Corps service in Tonga. 

Dates of Travel

  • May, 2016

Places Visited

  • Bogota
  • Cartagena
  • Medellin




This post is part of my series "One Photo - One Country."  I'm am selecting one photo and writing one story from every country I have visited.   Your comments and questions are welcome.  

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