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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

Art, Barranquilla, beaches, Bus Travel, Caribbean Coast, Coastal, Colombia, La Playa-Beach, Magdalena River, South America, Street food, Travel

Puerto Colombia: 5 Reasons to Visit the Historic Gold Port

Whether you drive along the scenic Villa a Sabanilla or catch one of the large, colorful Cootransoriente buses ($2,400 COP) in Barranquilla, travel to Puerto Colombia is fast and easy, providing a nice little getaway to savor some culture, along with a few good reasons to visit this historic place. During it's prime, in the… Continue reading Puerto Colombia: 5 Reasons to Visit the Historic Gold Port

beaches, Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, Coastal, Colombia, Diving, Isla Barú, Isla San Andres, La Playa-Beach, Playa Blanca, Scuba Diving, snorkeling, South America, Travel

The Snorkel Mask Debate: Traditional Tube or Full-Face?

World Oceans Day, June 8th, is a "global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future," according to The Oceans Project. Although it's not known exactly who started World Oceans Day, it has been promoted and supported around the globe, led by The Oceans Project since 2002. As an avid new diver, passionate… Continue reading The Snorkel Mask Debate: Traditional Tube or Full-Face?

Air Travel, Barranquilla, Bogota, Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, Colombia, Isla Barú, La Playa-Beach, LATAM airlines, Mexican Food, Playa Blanca, snorkeling, South America, Travel

Travel Colombia Tres B’s: Barú, Bogotá, and Barranquilla

The last two weeks of May blasted by in a proverbial heat wave of beach bliss, air travel and relocation to a new city, making this one of the most focused, life-changing months since the start of 2017. Mid-May brought a pleasurable long weekend in beloved beach favorite Playa Blanca, where the swoon-worthy white sands… Continue reading Travel Colombia Tres B’s: Barú, Bogotá, and Barranquilla

Barranquilla, Bus Travel, Caribbean Coast, Colombia, Comida-Food, fritos, Gratitude, La Playa-Beach, nature hike, Santa Marta, snorkeling, South America, Taganga, Travel

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

Barranquilla, Bus Travel, Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, Colombia, Comida-Food, Five Things to Love, fritos, futbol, Gratitude, Home, Isla Barú, La Playa-Beach, Magdalena River, Playa Blanca, snorkeling, South America, Teaching English, Travel, Vallenato

Why Flavorful, Vibrant Colombia Feels Like Home

The first week of April 2017, I returned to the land of futbol, arepas and stifling hot weather on the Caribbean coast of South America. After a brief stay in the US, where several once-familiar things somehow seemed off-kilter, it is now confirmed with certainty that among it's colorful houses, flavorful foods, vibrant culture and rich history,… Continue reading Why Flavorful, Vibrant Colombia Feels Like Home

Bilingual, Charleston, Inspriation, Lowcountry, Teaching, TEFL, Travel, United States

How Independent Teaching Fuels the Jet Setter

March has all but disappeared – faster than a plate of pimento cheese sandwiches at a Sunday porch social – making this seem like a good time to report on a recent relocation to the Deep South. Not surprising, while the cultural adjustments have been mostly kind and curious, it's the socioeconomic differences that appear to… Continue reading How Independent Teaching Fuels the Jet Setter

Charleston, Comida-Food, Festivals, Food truck, United States

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

Air Travel, Bus Travel, Colombia, Comida-Food, Mexican Food, New York, Travel, United States

New York, New Jersey, New President, New Year

The month of January progressed as swiftly as drips of sugar molasses on the plan to establish a presence in Charleston, SC. While tutoring and consulting are happening, it's been a slow move towards the goals anticipated prior to relocation, and promises from December of a secure job and place to live now appear to have as been as… Continue reading New York, New Jersey, New President, New Year

Cartagena, Cedula Extranjera, Charleston, Colombia, Friendship, Giving up, Gratitude, Gringa, Inspriation, Instagram, Teaching, Teaching English, Technology, Travel, United States

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?

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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

Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, Colombia, Diving, Gratitude, La Playa-Beach, Scuba Diving, snorkeling, South America, Travel

Scuba Do: Learning to Dive in Cartagena de Indias

In case you haven't heard, Colombia just received the Lonely Planet award as the number 2 country to visit in the world. Finally, this beautiful place is getting the props it deserves, and what better way to celebrate this declaration and also see the beauty of Colombia? Go below the surface with scuba diving. Boasting a vastly diverse… Continue reading Scuba Do: Learning to Dive in Cartagena de Indias

Bus Travel, Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, Colombia, Iglesias, Magdalena River, Mompox de Santa Cruz, South America, Travel

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

Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, Colombia, Giving up, Gratitude, Inspriation, La Playa-Beach, Simplify, snorkeling, South America, Travel

Happiness is a Hammock in Colombia

In the busyness of a fulfilling life - from doing work we enjoy to celebrating monumental moments to maintaining healthy relationships, perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves in our living is the luxury of a day off. If we can afford the time (and sometimes cost), there is often unbridled pleasure in just… Continue reading Happiness is a Hammock in Colombia

Barranquilla, Bilingual, Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, Cedula Extranjera, Colombia, Inspriation, South America, Teaching, Teaching English, TEFL

Innovation + Inspiration at the 6th Biennial CLIL Symposium

The 6th Biennial CLIL Symposium, hosted by Universidad de La Sabana, Pearson Colombia and University del Norte took place on the picturesque campus of UniNorte in Barranquilla the weekend of September 9th, 2016. The event kicked off with an opening speech from Pía Osorio, Director of the Instituto de Idiomas at UniNorte, followed by a… Continue reading Innovation + Inspiration at the 6th Biennial CLIL Symposium

Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, Colombia, Five Things to Love, Gratitude, Instagram, Simplify, South America, Travel

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

Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, Colombia, Giving up, Iglesias, Instagram, La Playa-Beach, Ladrones, Pinterest, snorkeling, Social Media, South America, Teaching

Steady-Growing Sands of Playa Blanca

Living on the Caribbean coast of Colombia has it's advantages, like being less than an hour from paradise, notably the white sand beaches of Playa Blanca on Isla Barú. Each visit to this magical island often reminds the visitor of the beauty of nature and the ocean, even if for just one night. Traveling via… Continue reading Steady-Growing Sands of Playa Blanca

Air Travel, Bus Travel, Cartagena, ceviche, Comida-Food, Guadalajara, Jalisco, LATAM airlines, México, Mexican Food, Mexico, michelada, taqueria, Travel

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