travel

A Slower Pace, But Not Stopped

general travel

Well, I haven’t been very active on this blog in the last year and a half. Being in grad school while working has kept me very busy, and much of my recent writing has been focused on education. Despite this being the major focus of my life at the moment, I have managed to still […]

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When You Go Back to Bogota

Colombia
Leaving the Tatacoa Desert, Colombia

This is what it looks like to leave the Tatacoa Desert. Take it all in, because today you’re going back to Bogota. Back to the city, out of nothingness, back to the urban sprawl. Then back to California. But wait, before you go home, there’s gotta be one more crazy Colombian overland trip. First, there’s […]

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Photo Essay: Sunset to Sunrise in the Tatacoa Desert

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When I think of Colombia, the first scenes that come to my mind are long drives through unbelievable shades of green that seemed to stretch on infinitely. But Colombia is a place of many landscapes, including a thirsty and barren place called the Tatacoa Desert. I spent a night in this lonely desert surrounded by […]

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Lost and Found: Three Stories of Losing Valuables in Colombia and Getting Them Back

Colombia

When you tell people you’re going to Colombia, many don’t have to say a word to let you know how they feel. If you tell someone over the phone, you may notice a long pause or a sigh. If you tell someone in person, you may witness a widening of the eyes that asks, “What […]

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Photo Essay: Mystifying Stone Statues and Other Scenes from San Agustín, Colombia

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San Agustin, Colombia

Not much is known about the stone statues left behind in San Agustin. Everything you read about the San Agustin Archaeological Park will eventually you that. The people who created these statues had no written language and they were long gone before the Spanish arrived. It’s hard to get a sense of who these people […]

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Photo Essay: Scenes from Popayán, Colombia

Colombia

It’s only been a few hours since I left Cali, but the big city feels far away as I arrive in Popayan on a quiet Sunday afternoon. I’ve reserved a quaint little hostel room that’s decorated in shades of blue and overlooks the main square of Popayan. It exemplifies simple perfection. I settle in and […]

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Photo Essay: The Formidable Beauty of the Valle de Cocora

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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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“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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