Sailing the Deep Blue Sea

I stand under the clocktower–respite from a warm evening rain. I try not to look as uncomfortable as I feel, with $500,000 pesos and my passport hiding in my shoulder bag. It’s just after eight, and I’m scanning the plaza for a stout Austrian and his much younger Turkish Girlfriend. In less than 2 days, that stout Austrian–called Fritz–will be my […]

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Why Colombia is Amazing

Selento, Colombia

There is something undeniably special about Colombia. Anyone who’s travelled in South America, who’s spent time in Colombia –will agree. It feels like a secret as juicy as the incredible selection of fruits found in an average Colombian market. A secret for the select few who were brave (or adventurous) enough to ignore her bad reputation and tumultuous history and […]

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Leaving Santa Marta

I’ve officially (barely) survived over 5 weeks in the Santa Marta vicinity–it was a relentlessly hot, beach and sun filled, rum soaked, late nights & early mornings… exhausting, mind numbing, ridiculously fun 5 weeks. I had a sort of love hate relationship with Santa Marta–on one hand she was hot, noisy, persistent, covered in a gritty coat of dust or […]

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Sick in San Gil

Though I find myself in the unofficial adventure sports capital of Colombia–the lovely small town of San Gil–I have little motivation to partake in any of the thrilling activities offered. After weeks of little sleep, too much fun, many hours of work at a very smokey bar, some rough around the edges travel, a few nights in a hammock and […]

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When tourism invades paradise

Cabo San Juan, Tayrona Park

There are few places in Colombia as talked up as Tayrona Park. So for that reason, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Often these over-hyped spots are slightly to severely overrated. From some, I had heard great things: “paradise,” from others- more mixed reviews- “overpriced.” What did I think? …I suppose, a little of both- an overpriced paradise … Anna […]

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