Somewhere in Medellin

Colombia travel stories

Jardín, Colombia

The little town of Jardín, nestled in the Andes, is an impossibly charming village with traditionally white-washed houses and brightly painted doors. It is a three-hour bus ride from Medellín, but it feels worlds away from Colombia’s second largest city. My...

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The Colombian Amazon

The Amazon of Childhood Dreams Turbulence. An immense sea of green. My first impressions of the Colombian Amazon. A place I had dreamed of seeing ever since I was a little girl. One rough landing later, I was taking my first breaths of the heavy humid rainforest air....

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The Ocher Valley of Sorrows – Colombia

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince The Tatacoa Desert, or the Valley of Sorrows, as it was called in...

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Embracing Colombian Beer Culture

Beer Culture in Colombia When I left the United States to be an English Teaching Fellow in Colombia, friends and family inevitably asked two things: “Isn’t it dangerous?” and “What food or drink are you going to miss most?” I’d done my research and had a friend who...

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The Colors of Cartagena – Colombia

I frequently hear travelers declare that they have a strong preference for beach vacations, nature getaways, exploring an urban setting, or some other genre of travel. These proclamations are often definitive, as if they’ve found the perfect way to travel for them....

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Plaza Botero in Medellin, Colombia

Botero Sculptures in Plaza Botero The Morning in Plaza Botero The morning before leaving my week in Medellin, Colombia, I made it downtown to Plaza Botero, which is named after famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The hoped to visit Museo de Antioquia for art and...

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The Cool Colombian Sierra Nevadas

It was rainy or “low” season in Colombia, but I needed a high. It may sound impossible, but one can honestly get tired of the beach. I had been traveling for three weeks along Colombia’s gorgeous stretch of Caribbean coastline when I inexplicably reached my limit. I...

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Down and Dirty in Cartagena

I got out of the minivan and gaped in amazement. My friends had not been kidding: it was a mud volcano. The 50-foot Volcano Totumo loomed over the landscape, dwarfing the surrounding thatched-roof huts. The eco-tour took passengers just 25 miles outside of Cartagena...

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Plaza Life of South America

Some of the most enjoyable memories on my year long journey through South America happened while sitting, reading, gazing, listening, talking, zoning out or all of the above in a town’s plaza. Whether it was the fullness of trees and detailed flower structures...

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More Medillin with Flowers (video podcast)

Jason Fitzpatrick comes through with the scents and sensations of the Festival of Flowers in Medillin, Colombia. In this video Jason shows off the flowers, pretty girls, larges crowds, traditional dances, classic faces and some surprising humor from our narrator,...

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