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Tim Buendia

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Full Name  Tim Aan't Goor
Education  HanzeHogeSchool
Nationality  Dutch
Name  Tim Buendia
Tim Buendia

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Tim Buendia is a Dutch artist, poet and entrepreneur who lived in Aracataca, Colombia from 2008 - 2014 promoting the international acknowledgement of the cultural, educational and tourist values of the town. He was also the owner of the hostel The Gypsy Residence.


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Tim Buendia was born in The Netherlands under the name of Tim aan't Goor. He started traveling when he was 18 and lived and worked in Australia, Thailand, Spain and Peru before he arrived in Colombia. He first arrived in South America in December 2006, his original plan being to travel from Patagonia to Alaska. Upon arriving in Peru, he settled down to live in Iquitos, a city located in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. 10 months later he moved to the Colombian coastal city of Santa Marta, with aspirations of finding an abandoned beach and living of fishing. He lived in Santa Marta for one year, starting an English-teaching business named Dream English Educations. After visiting a friend in the town of Aracataca 90 minutes south of Santa Marta, he moved there in October 2008. Tim spent several months selling his poems before starting another business, this time opening up the first and only hostel in Aracataca. The Gypsy Residence was established in December 2010.

The Gypsy Residence

The Gypsy Residence was the first and only tourist accommodation in Aracataca, Colombia, owned and operated by Tim Buendia. Tim started this business in December 2010 and closed it down in early 2014. It was both a hostel and an homage to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel Prize–winning author who was born and raised in Aracataca.


Aracataca is the birthplace of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (affectionately known as Gabo), and is the inspiration for the fictional town of Macondo. The town first appears in Garcia Marquez's short story "Leaf Storm". It is the central location for the subsequent novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. He has since used Macondo as a setting for several other stories. Tim Buendia was first exposed to Garcia Marquez when he read One Hundred Years of Solitude and Chronicle of a Death Foretold while living in Iquitos. Years later when he moved to Aracataca, he was amazed to find that there was no tourism structure in town to properly honor the author and make the history of the Nobel laureate more accessible to the public. He went to the library every week to read everything written by Gabo, and later he decided to make his love for Garcia Marquez and Macondo the theme for his hostel.


The Gypsy Residence offered one day tours and two hour tours of Aracataca. "La Ruta Macondo" introduces guests to the traditional Colombian Caribbean life and culture, where they can experience the real Colombia in the heart of Aracataca and discover the world famous landmarks in town: the train station, the statue of Remedios the Beauty (the girl from One Hundred Years of Solitude that was so beautiful and innocent that she ascended into heaven), the river, the house where Garcia Marquez was born, the house where his father used to work, the school he attended and learnt his fine writing skills, the House of the Telegraph, the church where he was baptized, the Melquiades Tombstone and the Forest of the Magic Realism.

Magic realism

Magic realism is the prevading style of the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in which magical elements blend with the real world. Gabo had stated that it was time for new characters in Macondo, and Tim felt obliged to carry on the tradition of Magic Realism, so he started referring to himself as Tim Buendia after he moved to Aracataca. Tim is considered by journalists to be the last Buendia, a direct descendant of Colonel Aureliano Buendia, from the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. The premise is that when a guest stays at The Gypsy Residence in Aracataca/Macondo, they get to be a character in a Nobel Prize–winning novel.

New characters in Macondo

When Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez was asked when he was going to write again about the famous characters from his masterpiece; 100 years of solitude, Gabo said that he wasn't going to and that it was time for new characters in Macondo. Tim Buendia saw this as in invitation to take part in blurring the lines between magic and reality.

Community contributions

  • Ambassador of Poetas del Mundo in Macondo - a worldwide movement of thousands of poets, promoting peace and justice.
  • Co-Founder of El Macondo que Sonamos - a foundation that promotes the cultural identity of the Caribbean as written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; one of their key events is the annual Theater Festival in Aracataca.
  • Host of a weekly radio show at Macondo Stereo in Aracataca called "Mister Tim Buendia"
  • Designer and constructor of the Melquiades tomb - a new monument in Aracataca built to inspire the people of the town to participate in the development of tourism, an industry Tim feels is the key to many new jobs in Aracataca. Melquiades is a character in One Hundred Years of Solitude, one of a band of gypsies who visit Macondo every year, displaying amazing items from around the world.
  • Organized together with the Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California, the launch of a literary bridge between two 'Nobel Lands' in May 2011 in Aracataca.
  • References

    Tim Buendia Wikipedia