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If I had a Castle…

If I had a castle it would be just like the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas (Castle of San Felipe from Barajas) in Cartagena, Colombia. With an abundance of breathtaking views, on-guard cannons and underground tunnels, I would have a blast living here. Judging by all that open-air rooftop space, I bet it would have made for some epic …

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FOTO FRIDAY: The Colombian Countryside

I just got back to Medellin after an amazing week spent peeling beans and planting seeds out in the Colombian countryside at a friend’s family finca (farm) in Cisneros, Antioquia. This week’s photo is taken from the family farm as grandpa returned from a successful horse training session. When they first started out, that big beautiful beast was bucking grandpa …

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Talking Your Way into the Best Views

Some of the best views in the world are captured from inside the classy hotels and lavish apartment complexes that many of us will never have the opportunity to see. I don’t like that idea. I want to see how the other half lives and I don’t want to wait until I’m a stuffy-old man before I do so. Also, …

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FOTO FRIDAY: Botero’s Cavity Search

While passing through Plaza Botero in downtown Medellin the other day, I noticed this Botero fan trying to sneak a closer look at the artist’s work. The real question is however,… what’s that other guy reading? The plaza itself is a cool hangout spot where many of Fernando Botero’s fat sculptures are on display. The Medellin-native, Botero is arguably the most famous of …

Snorkels & Belly Flops in Playa Blanca

Monday morning we decided to trade the crowded, brown beaches of Bocagrande for the white sand and sunshine of the Islas del Rosario and Playa Blanca. It cost 45,000 COP (About $24US per person) to catch an early-morning ‘speed’ boat ride from the Cartagena Harbor to the beautiful stretch of narrow white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water known as Playa Blanca. …