Something about getting on a bus headed to a place I have never been with all our belongings on our laps or in the bin overhead simply excites me. I get a giddy feeling and a goofy grin on my face. However it can also be exhausting moving constantly from place to place. Sometimes it... Continue Reading →
A beautiful mountain range runs along the side of town. Behind our house the mountains split and provide a glimpse of a dark valley beyond it. There are always ominous clouds resting in this crevice making the mountain beyond them appear to be always in shadows. This dark mountain has been calling to me since... Continue Reading →
"A friend of mine, when he was a child, he walked out the front door one morning and found a dead body laying in a pool of blood in the street," Tatiana said as we sat around the living room in her apartment in San Javier. She grew up in the neighborhood known as Comuna... Continue Reading →
We wanted to get an early start today, to get a full day at Arvi park. I was up by 6AM enjoying the tail-end of the overnight window of peace and quiet, making my coffee, preparing today's packed lunch, aware of the ephemeral nature of this reprieve. The loud speakers from the street below started... Continue Reading →
Tiny cobblestone streets wind through colorful shops and homes adorned with Zocalos, painted murals depicting traditional scenes. The narrow streets barely wide enough for a car are mostly used by motorcycles or tuk-tuks. (Click any image above to enlarge) Guatape is a tourist destination for many Colombians and other South Americans along with not a few gringos and... Continue Reading →
We navigated through the mountainside and continued to stop in amazement at the near-vertical plantations on the steep mountain slopes.
"In 1991 Medellin was the murder capital of the world, with a homicide rate of 381 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants." -IBD We spent almost the entire day today at the Museo Casa de la Memoria (Memory House Museum) in Medellin. I entered the unadorned, almost utilitarian building, as a curious tourist and came out as... Continue Reading →