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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

The Walls of Cartagena

The sun dives down into the Caribbean after a long, hot day at the office. The ocean breeze rolls in and tickles over-cooked tourists right through their sundresses and white linen pants. Horse hooves clap down on the cobblestone as they pull colorful carriages through the narrow streets. The courageous and strong find their way … Continued

FOTO FRIDAY: A Peak into Cartagena

Next week we venture into Cartagena, Colombia to checkout the beautiful historicaldistrict and then catch a boat out to Playa Blanca and Islas del Rosario for some snorkeling and an impromptu belly-flop contest with some local kids from Bocachica. Related Post FOTO FRIDAY: Shots for Tots FOTO FRIDAY: The Colombian Countryside FOTO FRIDAY: Botero’s Cavity … Continued

Status Update: Year 27

It’s a bitter-sweet day here in Medellin, Colombia. The biological clock adds 1 more notch, yet I have a real good feeling about this one. It’s a cool 75 degrees outside and the sun’s shining bright over my apartment in Envigado. I’m watching street vendors stroll by with their big wooden carts piled high with … Continued

A Quiet Day in Taganga, Colombia

After a few full days of bus rides and beach hikes we decided to snuggle into the sleepy beach town of Taganga for a relaxing day of absolutely nothing. Turns out, Taganga is the perfect destination for doing just that. Nestled in like an armpit along the coastal Sierra Nevada mountains, Taganga is a cheap … Continued

Travel Review: HotelCalculator.com

Hotel Calculator contacted me recently and said they would pay me handsomely to travel around the world and rate room service in every 5-star hotel they have listed. I respectfully declined and instead offered to check out, and review their hotel search engine and share with you what I think. While this is a sponsored … Continued

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