I recently re-discovered a blog I started right before I moved to the caribbean city of Cartagena five years ago. I show a picture of me pre-departure - armed with a Lonely Planet and a backpack full of travel clothes- but what actually discovered was nothing I could have prepared for. For the three years I was there, Colombia steadily chipped away at the way I understood community, family, government, economy, culture and of course food. At MAIZ, Niky and I want to share the beautiful parts of the Colombian way of life with you, and we are excited to launch our blog to share culture, food, travel and our trials as new business owners with the good people of Portland ME. Welcome!