Are You Travel-Sized?

I came to the conclusion while on my recent trip to Peru and Colombia that I am very lucky. Not only because I get the chance to travel so often but because I am, in many ways built for traveling. How, you might ask? Here are five things I don’t have to worry about while …

A Week in Peru

There is no way to know a country in only one week, but I have enjoyed what I have learned and done in Peru so far. I quickly left the smoggy metropolis of Lime (population almost 10 million) and headed north to the mountain city of Huaraz. Huaraz is a bustling city all its own, …

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 …

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 …