why i travel

Photo Essay: The Formidable Beauty of the Valle de Cocora

February 1, 2014 captured on memory card
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It’s 6am when I go to Salento’s main square to catch a jeep to the Valle de Cocora. I’m surprised to see that they’re already full… or so I think. Once all the seats inside the jeeps are taken, there is still space. You can stand on the back ledge and hang on. I’d rather […]

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The Things I Loved About Medellin

December 9, 2013 Colombia
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Medellin has an enticing energy that extends beyond its city limits. Before I even reached the edge of the city, I was already being pulled in by the strength of its magnetism. There’s a unique kind of aliveness in Medellin; a spirit that you find in a cities that have come out of a struggle […]

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And Then You Realize Why

November 23, 2013 Colombia
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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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Photo Essay: Finding Paradise in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

October 14, 2013 captured on memory card
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I can’t believe this is the path I’m on. Walking through the jungle, I’d heard waves pounding against the shore in the distance, thundering and echoing like a promise of magnificence to come. Now I’ve reached a clearing where I see the jagged edges of the mountainous jungle reaching into the ocean. The transition between […]

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Riding the Wind: Paragliding Over the Countryside Near San Gil, Colombia

September 18, 2013 Colombia
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One day, I knew I wanted to fly. Not for the practical sake of getting from one location to another, but to experience the sensation of soaring over the Earth with the wind blowing against my skin. While I have this in mind as I go to Colombia, I’m not sure if I’ll actually take […]

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Fog and Light

July 25, 2013 California
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“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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When in Vietnam…

May 2, 2013 Cambodia
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“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? It’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” – Jack Kerouac There are some countries you leave with indifference. In […]

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Photo Essay: Sunrise to Sunset at the Temples of Angkor

March 28, 2013 Cambodia
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As the sun rose, I noticed that the pictures hadn’t really told the story. They didn’t explain how watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat meant arriving in the dark, completely unaware of the temples nearby, hidden in the darkness. They didn’t tell of someone selling sunrise viewings from an air balloon and how tempting it […]

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