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Somewhere in Medellin

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Investigating Escobar’s Legacy in Medellìn

“Don’t mind the bullet holes,” was the first thing our guide Stiven told me. They recently tried to kidnap Roberto, because people still think he knows where his brother buried his fortune. Which of course is easy to think, given the fact that Roberto was the...

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Jardín, Colombia — Wandering a Pastel Pueblo

One of the travel rules I try to live by is following the advice of others. Tourists, long-term travelers, or locals. The “who” tends to not matter as much as the “where”. People who’ve been in a country for a while have the best insight. Whether it be for day trips,...

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Parque Nacional Tayrona, Colombia: A Hundred Places in One

I have a problem with procrastination. Actually, I wouldn’t call it a problem. That insinuates that it creates a detriment to my daily life. It never does. Somehow among the hours wasted, I manage to finish whatever task needs to get done. I’m a successful...

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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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