general travel

“Is This the Bates Motel?”: A Day of Absurdities from Medellin to Salento

backpacking

Please don’t let me be the only foreigner on this bus. Please don’t let me be the only foreigner on this bus! This is running through my head as I wait aboard a bus bound for somewhere south of Medellin. It works. I spot another solo traveler, someone I met while riding a cable car […]

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Eternal, Bittersweet Jet Lag of the Soul

general travel

It’s been two weeks since I returned to San Francisco after a taking trip to Ghana to celebrate family, the holidays, and life. Slowly, the physical jet lag has worn off. But I still feel like I’m suspended in the air, stuck between places. According to my passport, I’m home, and yet I feel that […]

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And Then You Realize Why

Colombia

This cab I’m in sounds like it’s about three putt-putts away from breaking down in the outskirts of Cartagena. It’s dark, I’m by myself, and I have all my luggage with me. I’m freaking out. The driver assures me we’ll make it to my destination as even the slowest buses zoom by us, leaving us […]

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The Rough Road to Santa Marta, Colombia

backpacking

Bananas. That’s all I see for miles as we drive though some unknown location in Northern Colombia as day begins to gain strength over night. Bananas. That’s how I feel after about a dozen hours cramped up in a night bus with the air conditioning inexplicably blasting on us while we shiver. One member of […]

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Lives Less Ordinary: The Fascinating People I Met While Traveling in Colombia

Colombia

At the beginning of solo trip, you may feel like Dorothy arriving in Oz — you’re on your own and disoriented, but before long, you’re surrounded by an unlikely cast of characters who help you through your journey. Quite often, these people make the trip just as much as the destination itself. In Colombia, I […]

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Wanderful Words No. 30: Adventure as a Destiny

Colombia

“And how did you get around the country?” my coworker asks me after I’d filled him in on most of my basic Colombia trip details. “Entirely by bus,” I respond, waiting for him to grimace in response. He is a seasoned traveler who tends to seek out a more luxury travel experience. Although he hasn’t […]

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Sampling the Worlds of Bogota

Colombia
View of the city from the top of Monserrate in Bogota, Colombia

When you go to the top of Monserrate, you can see how strikingly massive Bogota is. You already knew the city was huge, but from the top of the mountain, you get a visual confirmation of how impossibly far its edges reach. Zoomed out, it looks like a gigantic shallow bowl with a pattern of […]

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Fog and Light

California

“Time to fly!” the surprisingly friendly shuttle driver says as he grabs my backpack and places it in the trunk. His cheerfulness overrides the fact that he’s early and that I have to scramble to get out of the house. I close the door temporarily on my regular life and exhale the tension of trip […]

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