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Real City Walking Tours in Medellin: A Review

Colombia

“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 Untold Afro-Colombian Stories of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Colombia
City dreams

Walled City. Heroic City. Gold. Pirates of the Caribbean. Fortress. Battles. Victory. This is essentially the summary of Cartagena’s history you receive as a tourist; not just when you’re there, but in guidebooks, articles, and blogs. The large presence and contributions of Afro-Colombians — if they are even mentioned at all — are only vaguely […]

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Retracing History at the Remnants of the Berlin Wall

Germany
East Side Gallery

Sometimes you go to the Berlin Wall to see it; sometimes it appears unexpectedly as isolated graffiti covered concrete panels in the middle of a plaza or lawn. Sometimes you sense where it used to be as you go from boxy Soviet era buildings to architecture that’s more similar to German cities further west. Each […]

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Fragments and Antiquity Becoming Whole and Current

general travel

An Affinity for the History of Ancient Civilizations When I was in 6th grade, we studied ancient civilizations and I was particularly intrigued by Greece, Mesopotamia, and Egypt. The history of these places indulged my imagination. I remember taking on the more creative humanities projects with fervor. I got into character while creating my idea […]

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