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MEET | KRISTY ELLIS
Featured 8.7-8.13.17 | I didn't really travel until I was in my 30s and I've always had a real admiration for those adventurers out there who spent time in their early adult lives taking on the world. And this is why I'm obsessed with Kristy Ellis. We met in Cartagena, where she now lives and runs her tour company (but really, it's so much more), and within moments I was mesmerized. Kristy grew up in Australia with a world globe on her desk and in a family that traveled. A lot. She'd never lived overseas, though (mostly due to a guy — you know the deal), but once she got rid of him, she headed out. And what a trip she took: six months across South America with the idea that after a pit stop in California for a wedding, she'd find a place to live. China? Maybe. Turkey? Sure, that could work, too. But then she hit Cartagena, and that was it: true love. So without a job, a place to live or the ability to speak Spanish, she stopped and started a life that includes a thriving business, an incredible group of friends and the ability to continue to travel the globe. So here's what I'm telling you: Kristy Ellis is cool AF. Welcome to Kristy's week.
more about kristy
Possessor of schizophrenic cv (lamington-maker, pak choy-picker, ice cream cone filler, hardware store, law firm, recruitment, hair and beauty franchisee, copywriter, teacher and now travel company director) and possessor of unlimited energy, Kristy's heart has been captivated by Cartagena de Indias and she's planning to stick around. With a preference for substance over style, you are likely to find Kristy hungrily sucking the marrow out of life at every possible opportunity. Her quest to savour everything to the fullest sees her flitting from sweaty dance sessions, to the manic market, to happening bars, to gastronomic greats, to fashion-forward retailers, grassroots artesanos, to the great outdoors and almost anything and everything along the way. Some of Kristy's grand accomplishments include being chosen as a Judge in the Cartagena Fried Food Festival, being called "affable" and "vivacious" by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, being pulled up to dance champeta on-stage at El Rey de Rocha Picó, and being called La Australiana Champetua by El Universal newspaper. Also check out What brought you here in the first place?