The Reality of a Place

Stereotypes and preconceptions about a place are a funny thing. What you can expect from a place comes from a variety of places: friends and family, guidebooks, photos, videos, movies, and more all affect what we think we can expect from a place. Reality of places are rarely what you expect. (Of course, if you …

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When You First Think of Colombia, What Do You Think Of?

Traveling to Colombia can be exciting (and not in all the stereotypical ways you might think). The country offers a variety of climates and scenery, as well a diversity of amazing cities. So what is one to do when trying to figure out where to go in Colombia? This handy and entertaining flowchart might help. …

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 …