Eating in Colombia: Brunch de Salento, the Travelers’ Lair

February 10, 2014 Colombia

The first time I spotted Brunch, I knew immediately that it would become my Salento spot. Firstly, the restaurant is named after one of my favorite pastimes. Who doesn’t love leisurely late weekend mornings filled with good company, breakfast food, and mimosas (and before you know it, it’s evening)? Secondly, there was a sign in […]

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Photo Essay: The Formidable Beauty of the Valle de Cocora

February 1, 2014 captured on memory card

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

January 27, 2014 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

January 18, 2014 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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Craft Beer in Colombia: 3 Cordilleras Brewery in Medellin

January 8, 2014 Colombia

It’s the last Thursday of the month and we’ve successfully made our way through Medellin’s rush hour traffic to the city’s craft beer oasis, 3 Cordilleras Brewery. It’s only an hour into the weekly event and it’s already packed inside. The crowd is mainly 20- and 30-somethings who look like they recently got off work […]

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Photo Essay: Architecture and Public Art in Medellin

January 5, 2014 captured on memory card

On my last evening in Medellin, I take the cable car to the Santo Domingo neighborhood at sunset. Colombian hip hop drifts out of a nearby house, the volume turned up so that everyone can enjoy the wonderful sounds that are created when hip hop beats conjoin with the inherent musicality of the Spanish language. […]

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Real City Walking Tours in Medellin: A Review

December 17, 2013 Colombia
Real City Tours 1

“What did your friends and family say when you said you were coming here?” Pablo, our tour guide, is asking the group a question he already knows the answers to. He knows that people thought we were crazy to go to Colombia and even crazier to go to Medellin. He knows that people were worried […]

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The Things I Loved About Medellin

December 9, 2013 Colombia
Cable cars in Medellin, Colombia

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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