World Reading Day

October 2nd marks World Reading Day, which as its title suggests, encourages people around the world to -- you guessed it -- read. Storytelling is probably the oldest form of entertainment (arguments can be made for dance and music as well) and books have dominated storytelling over the last few centuries. You can read words …

Why We Travel (or, Why All My Savings Go to Plane Tickets, Train Tickets, Bus Tickets, and Cups of Coffee in Towns I Can’t Pronounce)

Why did I go to Colombia? Good question, one I certainly got in many forms both before I left (usually accompanied by a frightened stare that I would head to those dangerous jungles) and when I returned (usually accompanied by shocked expressions that I somehow escaped drug runners). Of course, there was a variety of …

Exploring Colombia: Getsemaní, Cartagena

Colombia has much to offer visitors. Today, our destination is the historic neighborhood of Getsemaní, in the Caribbean colonial city of Cartagena de las Indias. Cartagena has become a popular tourist destination, but most tourists stay within the ritzy beach-front properties of Bocagrande or limit their wanderings to the winding streets of the small but …