Manizales: A Little Strange, A Lot of Rain & Mudslides, and A Volcano

I visited Manizales on a lark back in the spring for a weekend because it peaked my curiosity. The feria of Manizales is well known as a great party, and even though it was not happening during the time I was going to be there, any city with a well known festival automatically peaks my [...]



Why I Might Hire Colombian Over An American

Let me tell you about a situation that happened to me the first time I came to Colombia. The Setting I had just left the gym in Envigado when a bunch of clouds rolled in (not uncommon for afternoons in Medellin). As the clouds took over the sky and prepared to dump their H2O on [...]



I Am Now Exclusively Wearing Perhaps The Finest Underwear Man Has Ever Put On

Listen, if you have poked around the blogging world, or especially the travel / adventure blogging world for awhile, you might have heard about ExOfficio Give-N-Go underwear. I first wanted to try them on last year as I was preparing to go abroad the first time. I looked around and saw they were mentioned everywhere… [...]



Santa Marta: Why I Might Spend More Time Around It, But Probably Not In It. Plus, A Laughing Crocodile.

I visited Santa Marta during my coastal stretch of my first trip to Colombia, and the first thing you will notice in Santa Marta is the heat. It’s really hot along the Caribbean coast in Colombia… It’s hot in Cartagena. No surprise, then, it’s hot in Santa Marta… So plan on sweat and lots of [...]



Cartagena is Hot and Beautiful, But It Can Also Be Muddy Hilarious

I really could just end the post right now, because with the title I’ve told you the biggest things you need to know about Cartagena. But, I actually took out my camera out a little more than usual when I traveled there, so this post is a good one to stick around for. The City [...]



Why Zombies Were A No-Show At TBEX 2011 (Also, Some Favorite People And Places In Vancouver)

Zombies usually popup all over the world. That’s why I was surprised they didn’t show up at TBEX 2011 last week. I mean, they had every reason to make an appearance– such a great event to completely foul up… But then I thought about it, and realized there were many reasons why the zombies stayed [...]



How My Life Has Significantly Changed After My First Trip Abroad

As some of you may know, I returned to the US in early May 2011 from Colombia, a trip which was my first extended experience abroad. When I got back I noticed I was different. It’s difficult to describe, but going abroad has changed me in some major ways. Some of them are internal… Nowadays, [...]



Do You Have The Courage To Lose Sight Of The Shore?

I want to ask you a question today… Do you have the courage to lose sight of the shore? Look at your life… Maybe you have lived your life in certainty. In predictability. In routine. In safety. Maybe you have traded the adventure of your life for the four walls of your own knowledge. Why [...]



Lessons Learned After My First 100 Days Abroad

Last week I passed the century mark. I have now been abroad in Colombia for just over 100 days, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, I actually planned to stay less than 100 days, but here I am! Here are a few lessons I’ve learned in my first 100 days abroad: [...]



What I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling: The Rest Of The Story

Holy canoli! Did you just see the response from 50 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling? There were literally hundreds of years of traveling behind all of those gems. No wonder, then, as to date it has been re-tweeted more than 150 times! Thank you so much everybody for sharing it! The [...]