A big part of the Azulina brand is where our ceramics come from: Colombia. My mission, apart from sharing beautiful dinnerware with you, is to be a cultural ambassador of sorts.
You see, Colombia has had a bad rap for...a while. And you know what? It is a different place than it was in the Pablo Escobar days (he was shot and killed 20 years ago!!). It's time that we all start to associate Colombia with something other than cocaine and that dude I just mentioned.
Here are some starters: flowers, hand-painted dinnerware, birds and Falcao.
12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Colombia
- Colombia is the world's largest exporter of roses and carnations. Approximately 60% of (all) the flowers imported into the US come from Colombia.
- Bogotá (pronounced bog-o-tah, emphasis on the "tah"), its capital city, has an altitude of 8,500 feet. That's higher than Aspen.
- Colombia has the world's largest diversity of bird species, numbering over 1,800 species to date.
- Both Medellín and Bogotá have this awesome program called the Ciclovía. Every Sunday (or holiday) the cities shut down most of their major streets to runners, bikers, rollerbladers and lots of dogs.
- Medellín was named by the Urban Land Institute as the World's Most Innovative City this year, beating out New York and Tel Aviv.
- Colombia is spelled with two o's. Columbia is a university in NYC and a sportswear company.
- Colombia is the world's primary source for emeralds.
- It is also the size of Texas and California combined.
- The national language is indeed Spanish. I've had a couple people ask.
- Colombia isn't as far away as you may think. It is a 3.5-hour flight from Miami or a 6-hour flight from New York.
- There is more to Cartagena than prostitutes (thanks U.S. Secret Service). It is better known for its historic walled city, mojitos, salsa dancing, coconut rice and colorfully-painted façades. It's a sassy place!
- The world's largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold can be found at Bogotá's gold museum, El Museo del Oro.
I encourage you to read more and to keep following Colombia's progress. It is a beautiful country with a promising future.
Con Mucho Amor,
Founder, Azulina Ceramics