Burros, Dives and Chivas: Your Guide to a Quick Weekend in Playa el Rodadero

One of the many benefits of living in Barranquilla, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, is its convenient proximity the historic cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta, and their beautiful beaches of Isla Barú and El Rodadero, respectively. While Barranquilla has beaches, they aren't quite as scenic and pretty as those of Barú and Rodadero; … Continue reading Burros, Dives and Chivas: Your Guide to a Quick Weekend in Playa el Rodadero

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The Hidden Beaches and Beautiful Views of Mar Caribe

Arriving in Barranquilla a day before one of several interviews in recent weeks provided a nice evening with friends in the Olaya neighborhood before a much-awaited adventure to nearby Santa Marta. A relatively safe barrio, where mango trees shade the wide streets and neighbors greet each other warmly, Parque Olaya is a favorable location to enjoy the evening breezes … Continue reading The Hidden Beaches and Beautiful Views of Mar Caribe

Six Savory Favorites from the Sixth Annual Charleston Food Truck Festival

Returning to the Lowcountry after many years away has revealed that there's more to gastronomic delights of the South than just sweet tea and fried okra. Recently, the Sixth Annual Charleston Food Truck Festival offered a variable sampler plate of reasons to love mobile eats when you're hungry 'round these parts; here's just a few favorites worth noting: 1. … Continue reading Six Savory Favorites from the Sixth Annual Charleston Food Truck Festival

Sabbatical 2017: Temporary Break…or New Beginning?

Sabbatical - noun: a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year. From Latin: sabbaticus, from Greek: sabbatikos, from Hebrew: shabbat (i.e., Sabbath) or literally a "ceasing") To the surprise of many blog subscribers (and over 800 Instagram followers), a decision was recently made to take a break from teaching and traveling in Colombia. While the … Continue reading Sabbatical 2017: Temporary Break…or New Beginning?

From Abundance to Arguments: How to React in Playa Blanca

While some places in the world are currently experiencing the cold of winter, December on the coast of Colombia continues to have sunny days and balmy nights, perfect for a weekend getaway. With the sheer beauty and natural abundance found on Playa Blanca in Isla Barú, each visit to this white-sand, clear-water beach near Cartagena de Indias brings … Continue reading From Abundance to Arguments: How to React in Playa Blanca

How to Find Non-Existent Change in Historic Santa Cruz de Mompox

In his iconic video for "La Foto de las Dos," Latin Grammy Award winner Carlos Vives sings his passionate, hit song before a vast building in Mompox de Santa Cruz, a 1995 UNESCO Heritage site, while a heart-pulling couple fall in and out of love in this stunning municipio founded in 1537. Hoy los fantasmas de tu amor me llaman, Hoy te … Continue reading How to Find Non-Existent Change in Historic Santa Cruz de Mompox

The Simplest Pleasure in Centro: Renting a Bike in Cartagena

If visiting the UNESCO World Heritage city Cartagena de Indias is in your near future, one simple pleasure — along with the sightseeing excursions, relaxing beach days and savoring the incredible flavors of the Colombian coast —  comes highly recommended from locals and tourists alike: rent a bike! A bicycle, in addition to being a great … Continue reading The Simplest Pleasure in Centro: Renting a Bike in Cartagena

36 Hours in Guadalajara

Saying "adios" to Puerto Vallarta on a Tuesday morning, heading towards Guadalajara by bus, the terrain along the drive was beautiful as the landscape changed from beaches and palm trees to mountains and thick greens. Arriving behind schedule, the bus sank into deep traffic surrounding the capitol of Jalisco, joining work commuters as congestion grew … Continue reading 36 Hours in Guadalajara