A Protest in Crimson

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This is a bit of a late post, but I’ve been incredibly busy with applying for some fellowships and trying to find a new place to live. But to back […]

Bogota’s Unbearable Politeness of Being

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BOGOTÁ — My friend Vicki over at Banana Skin Flip Flops has an intriguing post up about the polite passivity of Bogotanos. After a few passive-aggressive encounters, including one in […]

How dangerous is Latin America? Very.

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BOGOTÁ — Business Insider recently published a list of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world and not only did most major Colombian cities  – except Bogotá – make the […]

Drinking up the Zona Cafetera

A coffee farmer inspects his crop in Colombia's southwestern Cauca department. By Neil Palmer (CIAT). Some rights reserved

My first impressions of Medellín are that it’s spotlessly clean, populated by beautiful, laid-back people. It’s a far cry from the high, cold capital where white collar workers with panicked, strained expressions pack the buses as they rush to work at 6 a.m. Medellín is a serious temptation as *the* place to live in Colombia.

MapPorn: How NOT to Go Around the World

Extreme Surface Travel

Mike Snowden, of Gadling.com, drew my attention with his find of possibly the least practical map of a round-the-world trip using only surface travel. It’s from Reddit user e80die, who […]

Better Language Learning Through Technology

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Given my current obsession with learning Spanish, this seemed like a good opportunity to go over some of the technological aids you can use for buffing your foreign language chops.

Settling in in Bogotá

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Greetings all. My apologies for the radio silence, but since my yagé adventure, I’ve calmed down and have taken to settling in in Bogotá. What does this mean? It means […]

To Fathers Near, Distant and Absent

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Happy fathers’ day to dads, stepdads, father-figures and all those old dudes who provide guidance and wisdom to the younger generation, whether they’re related by blood or […]

The Yagé Posts, Part III

Dawn on Mount Galeras

Continued from The Yagé Posts, Part II PASTO, Colombia — As the night progressed, I spent a lot of time waiting for the dawn, thinking and staring into the fires. […]

The Yagé Posts, Part II

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Continued from The Yagé Posts, Part I PASTO, Colombia — … I had been warned by accounts on the Internet that drinking this would mean a long night of vomiting, […]