Why the name “Barefoot Park”

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Barefoot Park, the novel, takes its name from Parque de los Pies Descalzos or Barefoot Park, located in Medellin, Colombia. Nikki Martinez, the protagonist who is an American woman temporarily working in Medellin, visits the park with Eduardo Duarte, a Colombian medical doctor she finds herself falling in love with, at least until she is kidnapped and questions whether he might be the mastermind behind the sinister plot threatening her life.


The namesake for my novel, that is, the real park lies in the heart of Medellin’s commercial district, providing a respite for people, especially children, to kick off their shoes and splash through fountains and wading pools. One part of the park gives kids the experience of fording across a shallow brook in a countryside environment while another area gives way to a large patio lined with restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. Built as an oasis for relaxation in the midst of urban sprawl, the park invites visitors to go barefoot and enjoy a connection with nature as their feet sink into sand as they walk around the sandbar edges of water fountains and feel the gentle mist from those fountains. A gentler adventure is available to meditators and weekend Tai Chi warriors in a Zen garden, hidden behind a fence of live bamboo plants, where practitioners contemplate balance and harmony without the intrusion of large crowds or the shadows of tall buildings.

6 Responses

  1. Ruth Skiles

    How exciting! Can’t wait to read it. I’m sure it will be a great success. Hope you and Bob are doing well. Missed seeing you in Vegas. Maybe next year in San Antonio. Hugs.

    • Hi Ruth, Bob responded to Dale but this is me. Thanks so much for your message!! We hated to miss Vegas but we will definitely be in San Antonio next year. Hope all is well with you and let us know if you go through Houston so we can get together. Hugs, Kathryn

  2. Ruth Skiles

    Great news! Excited for you! Can’t wait to read it. Hope all is well with you and Bob.

  3. Sarah Williams

    Sounds like a great book! I look forward to reading it. It was great meeting you the other day!

  4. Marcia Lourido

    I just discovered your website and found it to be so impressive, my dear friend! What a great job you have done here. My Colombian soul fills with pride and honor upon learning about your novel, and I just hope Amazon will have it, so I can order it back to Cali! Look so very much forward to reading about Nikki’s adventures in Medellín. Congrats to my top-financier-turned-author friend!

    • Marcia,
      I’m glad you discovered my Blog and thanks for getting in touch—it’s great to hear from you!!!

      Yes, Amazon will carry the book as will my publisher, Pen-L Publishing. That website is pen-l.com. Both paperback and electronic versions will be available from both sites.

      You will receive a mention in the acknowledgements for giving advice on a couple of items about Medellin.
      Thanks, Kathryn

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