The Experience

“In Turkey, it was the call to prayer, in Reading (England), the soft drizzle of rain down the windows… In Medellin (Colombia), waking up is rather intense: by 6:30 am, street vendors selling fruits and vegetables, mops, newspapers, masamora*, flowers and more, swarm the streets. This is dedicated to my friend, the aguacateeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee madurooooooooooooo** vendor. Sure, the first few days, you’re a bit grumpy, atop your 11th floor, you point down your finger, but in time, you get used to it and come to cherish your little street vendors, mainly when you dawn on the heat in which they work! You cherish them almost to the point that I would climb out of bed to buy a few of his aguacates…”

* Columbian Porridge

** ripe avocado

Medellin, Colombia, 2012

Who talks

Flo, is a French national who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Colombia. With “La Bulle de Flo” (Flo’s Bubble, her collection of humoristic sketches), she depicts scenes of her daily life as well as episodes from her many travels abroad.

What do you think about it?

Answer from Julien Cuenin, French, living in Istanbul, 15/12/2013: "Haha this can also apply to Turkey with simit vendors. Although my parents also have a church across from their house in France, that’s a guaranteed wake up call if you’re new in town!"