Medellín has had a terrible reputation in the past – due to the drug cartel led by the infamous Pablo Escobar, it was once dubbed the most dangerous city in the world. Thousands of innocent civilians died in the 1980s and 1990s due to the business of cocaine. After Escobar’s death in 1993, however, the […]
One month later, after a fabulous journey that lead us from Cartagena to Santa Marta, Taganga, Tayrona, Medellín, Guatapé, Salento, Cali, Popayán, and Silvia, our appetite for Colombia was not quite satisfied. One of us read something, or heard something, or saw something: how the seed was actually planted to visit San Agustín, I can’t […]
“Captain?” I tried to make my whisper heard above the ocean’s many sighs and groans. He stirred, his eyes finally opening. He was seasick, too. When the captain’s seasick, you know it’s bad. “I think we’ve changed speeds.” He came on deck to check the dials. “Yes, we did, thank you for waking me,” he […]
Without looking for it, we found blue everywhere in Cartagena – in the walls, the skies, the seas, in the beaded necklaces and the words of poets. But far from melancholy, it was electric. It was, like everything else in Colombia, full of passion, full of vigour and joy.
There’s an incredible mix of emotions we get right before we set forth on a new adventure: excitement, anxiety, anticipation. The beauty in travel is that we never really know what’s going to happen once we arrive in an unfamiliar place. Except for these things. These ten things will definitely happen.
Street art is a great love of mine. When we think of street art, we think of Melbourne, London, Valparaiso, Berlin, New York, Buenos Aires. I hadn’t given much thought to what would be on the walls of Colombia, but I was overjoyed to find an entire alley in Cartagena’s district of Getsemeni devoted to […]
Guatape, Colombia There is a little town in Colombia called Guatape. Found just a couple of hours from downtown Medellin, it’s famous for La Piedra, a huge, 200 metre rock that’s over 70 million years old. You can climb to the top, climb all 740 steps to take you to the very highest point […]
Tayrona Park, Colombia There are few places in the world as beautiful and idyllic as Tayrona National Park. I spent three days there last August, basing my life on the rising and setting of the sun. We ate piles of fresh fruit every morning, big plates of meat and rice for dinner. We attempted to […]
Liberia, Costa Rica San Pedro de Atacama, Chile Granada, Nicaragua Popayan, Colombia Antigua, Guatemala While my greatest passion is travel, I also love interior design and home decoration. While I wouldn’t say I’m materialistic, I would say I’m very sentimental, so I love to buy souvenirs when I’m on the road. I’ve discussed this on […]
Salento, Colombia With a blog that gets its name from a Kerouac novel, you’d think I’d be into hitchhiking. And I’d love to say that I am, that I’ve done it loads of times, that I’ve thrown caution to the wind and gone wherever my thumb and a kind stranger can take me. But, to […]