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Photo Essay: Hiking from One Little Colombian Village to Another on the Camino Real

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About 40 minutes away from San Gil is the picturesque Barichara, the epitome of a sleepy village. With its whitewashed buildings, cobblestone roads, and orangey-red tiled roofs, it has similar features to those of Villa de Leyva. The two towns are continuously up against each other for the title of Colombia’s prettiest pueblo, but their […]

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Photo Essay: Bearded Trees and Filtered Sunlight at San Gil’s Parque El Gallineral

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Parque El Gallineral in San Gil, Colombia

The deeper you go into Parque El Gallineral, the more you feel like you are in some kind of tropical enchanted forest. Long wisps of sun-infused moss hang from the branches of Ceiba trees whose roots spread away from their bases like spindly fingers, firmly gripping the ground. Electric colors accent the green and sunlight, […]

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Photo Essay: The Charms of Villa de Leyva, Colombia

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Scenes from two days in Villa de Leyva:

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Photo Essay: A Bogota Street Art Tour, Part 2

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“Art does not exist only to entertain, but also to challenge one to think, to provoke, even to disturb, in a constant search for truth.” – Barbra Streisand – Bogota’s street art makes you pay attention. It may be a piece of art as simple yet powerful as the enlarged face of an everyday person; […]

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Photo Essay: A Bogota Street Art Tour, Part 1

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Our starting point in the nondescript Parque de los Periodistas did not give away any secrets about what we were about to see. Within minutes of beginning the tour, however, we saw that we were surrounded by a dynamic open air art show where spray paint was the medium of choice. Around each corner, concrete […]

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Photo Essay: A Day at the Ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand

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When you come to the end of a trip around Southeast Asia, you will likely be thoroughly “templed-out”. Even though I was beyond done with seeing temples and ruins of temples, on my last day in Southeast Asia, I decided to take a day trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. It proved to be one of […]

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Photo Essay: Snapshots from Laos

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Laos slightly edged out Cambodia to become my favorite stop in Southeast Asia, but I didn’t take very many pictures there. As I was exploring the Pha That Luang stupa in Vientiane, my memory card gave up. I freaked out. Unsure of the fate of the hundreds of pictures I’d taken thus far, I had […]

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Photo Essay: Sailing Halong Bay in Black and White

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The weather in Southeast Asia has been clear skies and only short bursts of rain until the day we reach a persistently gloomy Halong Bay. As we descend the precarious steps to our junk boat, we know we will not be seeing the sparkling bay we had envisioned, but we are eager to embrace serenity […]

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