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Cartagena Colombia Travels: Romantic Get Away

So now that we’ve taken you to the capital of Colombia, along the Rio Magdalena, into the mountains, and through coffee country… let’s go to the coast! Cartagena is Colombia’s most popular tourist destination for good reason. This coastal city on the Caribbean boasts...

Colombia Coffee Region: Adventure Worth Taking

When I hear the word "Colombia" my mouth instinctively waters. After a childhood filled with Juan Valdez commercials, it is no wonder I immediately made a coffee joke to Juan Pablo when we first discussed the country of his forefathers. (Don't worry, I'm not the only...

Staying on a farm in Anaime, Colombia

What does the word "farm" evoke for you? For me, like any good midwesterner, it brings up memories of cornfields, apple orchards, tractors, haybails, cows, pigs, chickens. So when Juan Pablo told me we were taking a trip out to a farm owned by his uncle Oscar's...

Rio Magdalena: Colombian Cities Lost in Time

The morning after our Ibagué adventures, Juan Pablo’s uncle Oscar picked us up for an excursion out into the countryside. Uncle Oscar is a gregarious man with a booming voice and a joke in each hand. We were joined by his wife, Catalina, a bundle of positive energy...

Off the beaten path: Ibagué, Colombia

I love visiting people when I travel. Firstly, I am a thoroughly social creature: I am never happier than I am when eating good food with good people. Secondly, it is natural that people are proud of their city of residence, and that they can show you the best of...

Travel Fail: Bogotá Haircut Edition

No hablo Español. I want to, but I don't (yet). As much as I had hoped that the small amount of self studying and careful listening to Juan Pablo and his friends and family would allow me to suddenly speak perfect Spanish when we visited Colombia... no such miracle...

Guatavita: A quick escape from Bogotá

Laguna Guatavita—a place as beautiful as its name—is a turquoise mountaintop lake in the Colombian Andes about an hour and a half drive from the capital city, Bogotá. Now a protected site, the lake has a history both rich and sad, which is conveyed to travelers by...

7 Tips for overcoming language barriers

Learn some key phrases. Before (or while) traveling in an area with a significant language barrier, take the time to research the language spoken in the region, and specifically some polite phrases. The effort will be appreciated if you are able to express thanks,...

Colorado Road Trip

Last spring, my friend Paul texted me trying to recruit Juan Pablo to join his team for a long, crazy bike tour called “Ride the Rockies.” Paul had not met Juan Pablo at that point, but the grape vine had informed him about their shared love of bicycles. He and our...

Zion National Park: Hiking the Narrows

Having mastered the couples’ road trip last December, when the opportunity arose to take another epic journey together in June, Juan Pablo and I jumped at the chance. More on the impetus for the trip in our next posts, but for now, suffice it to say our journey began...