THE VALLEY IN SHADOWS: VILLA DE LEYVA

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 →

COMUNA 13, MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA

"A friend of mine, when he was a child, he walked out the front door one morning and found a dead body lying in a pool of blood in the street,"  Tatiana said as we sat around the living room in her apartment in San Javier.   Growing up in Comuna 13 She grew up in the... Continue Reading →

ON NOISE AND PEACE, ARVI PARK

We wanted to get an early start today, to get a full day at Arvi park.  I was up by 6 AM 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 loudspeakers from the street below started... Continue Reading →

GUATAPE, COLOMBIA

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) Cobblestone Streets Guatape is a tourist destination for many Colombians and other South Americans along with not a... Continue Reading →

THE UNDISCOVERED JARDIN?

Jardín, Colombia only recently started to appear on guidebooks like Lonely Planet.  In the past, only a few travelers have blogged about it. They call it an undiscovered beautiful little town where travelers will most likely see very few gringos.  It promised to be an authentic experience. Town Center Our bus stopped at the Jardín town... Continue Reading →

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