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Photo Essay: Finding Paradise in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

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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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Photo Essay: Swakopmund, Namibia for the Holidays

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A sunset in Swakopmund, Namibia

In keeping with our coastal holiday tradition, we spent our Namibian Christmas in Swakopmund. It’s a German colonial town on a desert beach in Southern Africa. It’s a unique combination of geography, culture, and aesthetics that I never imagined I’d see together. A fellow North American traveler we encountered in Swakopmund said to us, “This […]

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Oh, the People You’ll Meet in Mazunte

Mexico

Mazunte is rife with expats who can most aptly be described as “trustafarians”. People who have escaped from the man, man. During my interactions with these people, I was split between an understanding of their desire to escape the trappings of western ways, amusement at their frivolity, and annoyance with their arrogance. I spent parts of my […]

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The Mad Drive to Mazunte

Mexico

I’ve known crazy roads and even crazier drivers. In Ghana, I got to know potholed dirt roads during heavy tropical rain where cars drove  in every direction in any lane. I saw tro-tros stop in the middle of the road because their engines fell out and I rode with drivers who continually honked at and […]

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Our Day of Cuban Rest

Cuba

I love the ocean something fierce, but I’m not a beach vacation type of person. Even when I travel to a seaside place with the intention of relaxing, I often end up discovering how much there is to do there and try to tackle as many activities as I can. But that urgency and eagerness […]

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