The World Cup Comes to South America

From the dusty plains of Nigeria to the countryside of England, from the ancient streets of Prague, from the modern edifices of Sydney, the world is ready for some football. Even people in the United States, a notoriously football and baseball-focused nation, are ready to watch some soccer. The long-awaited 2014 World Cup in Brazil …

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Celebrate a Day of Happiness, and Learn More About the Happiest Country in the World

Happy International Day of Happiness! (What, it wasn’t on your calendar? That makes me a little unhappy…) It's a day to recognize the fact that being happy is one of the most important human conditions to strive for. Because if we're happy it probably means that the worrisome parts of life such as having enough …

Yeah, I Went to Colombia (What’s Your Question Again?)

Police Officers in Bogota

"Where were you traveling?" The U.S. immigration official in the Atlanta Airport didn't even look up as he nonchalantly flipped through my passport and asked the question in the bored yet professional manner I was used to at border crossings. "Peru and Colombia," I responded. shifting my backpack full of dirty clothes and souvenirs from …

5 Things to Watch Out for During Cartagena Independence Day Festivities

Dancer Cartagena, Colombia at Cartagena Independence

It’s November 11. Yes, Armistice Day and Veterans Day. And also, the independence day of the Colombian city of Cartagena de las Indias. Colombia became independent as part of Gran Colombia with the help of Simón Bolívar, a final victory at the Battle of Boyaca (in 1819) and the help of a broken flower vase …

Things NOT to Do While in Colombia (Getting Kidnapped and Other Hints)

The list of things to do and places to visit in Colombia is a long one: drink coffee and fresh juices, eat arepas and arroz con coco, and see sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, old churches, historic city streets, deserts, rainforests...enought to keep even the most-seasoned traveler busy for weeks or months. But there are certainly …

Colombia is Excited by Their World Cup Qualifications (Oh, and Some Other Sports, Too)

¡Gol Colombia! With those words, and a tie with Chile, the Colombian National Soccer Team qualified October 11 for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The goal came as striker Falcao hit his second penalty shot of the game to tie it and propel the soccer-loving nation into the most-watched sports championships in the world. …

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 …