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A slice of the Caribbean in Colombia

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When you think about Colombia, your mind doesn’t automatically jump to beaches, sunshine, and fresh fruit salad served up from street carts, does it? Most people think of guns, cocaine deals and misery; but in six weeks of travelling around Colombia, I barely saw a glimpse of anything like this. In fact, my experience of [...]

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Worst hotel I have ever stayed in??

I have stayed in a few really bad hotels.  Interestingly, although I have had some bad nights in hostels, I really haven’t stayed in a bad one yet. Luckily, I also haven’t spent too many bad nights in bad hotels either, since I try to usually get to a place early enough in the day [...]

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Worst Dorm Night Ever… and my Revenge

I am totally running the risk of upsetting the travel karma gods.  I have more faith in the travel karma gods than any other variety out there, but I’m sure to annoy those varieties also.  But I shall run these risks and write about last night and this morning, because it was the single worst [...]

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Photo Journal: Barichara and Guane, Colombia

Barichara is a well-preserved Colonial style town about thirty minutes away from San Gil, Colombia, where I have been staying for about a week or so. San Gil is up in the hills, roughly halfway between Santa Marta on the coast and Bogota. The weather here has been a welcome relief after a few weeks [...]

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“Romancing the Stone” from Cartagena

When I told people at home that I was going down to Colombia to write for a few months this fall, there were a few common responses: Why Colombia? When are you going to get a real job again? Isn´t it dangerous there? And most often from the non-disbelieving, where in Colombia? I wasn´t really [...]

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8 reasons to visit magical tanzania

A couple of days ago, I was thinking about why I decided to go to Africa in the first place. [...]

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