50 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling

What do you wish you knew when you started traveling? How Do You Like Them Apples? I don’t know about you, but I am totally stoked to hear back from so many experienced travelers. They have offered some really good advice here. If you enjoyed it too, please share with your friends!



A Refrigerator With 40 Passengers And No Toilet Paper: The Bus Ride From Bogotá to Medellín

A few weeks ago I traveled in an overnight bus from Bogotá to Medellín. Here’s some of what happened. A Qué Hora: Night or Day? In planning my route, I made sure to ask Colombians about whether it was safe to travel by bus between the two cities. The opinions varied, though the vast majority [...]



Why You Will Break Your iPhone Abroad And What You Can Do To Prevent It

I arrived to Medellin a few weeks ago and parked myself in a hostel. Now, up to this point, I had had minimal experience staying in hostels, but one tip I garnered before I came on this trip was that you should bring a small flashlight in order to see when it is pitch black [...]



7 Reasons You Might Sing The Bogotá Blues

I just completed 2 full months in the capital of Colombia. It has been an interesting experience so far. There are many things I like about Colombia, and Bogotá as well. But, having lived here for awhile, I do think there are a few reasons why you might sing the blues in Bogotá. 1) Bogotá [...]



Colombia Strikes… No, For Real, They Do

So guess what I received in my inbox last week? U.S. EMBASSY BOGOTA WARDEN MESSAGE February 17, 2011 This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Bogota, Colombia of demonstrations throughout the city.  The truck driver protest which began on February 15 at several sites throughout Bogota is continuing today, as an [...]



Get Spanish Help Right Now Using These 2 Resources (They’re Free)

There are two websites I have come across recently which I have been absolutely eating up. Both help you learn Spanish. Both are free. And the best part is, this is NOT any kind of sponsored post. I write this post only to pass them along to you. 1. University of Texas Spanish Proficiency Exercises [...]



What The Super Bowl Can Teach You About Travel And Culture

Last night I watched the Packers beat the Steelers in a sports bar in midtown Bogotá. I can tell you that it was a lot of fun and everyone in the bar had a lot of fun. The TVs were all tuned in to Fox Sports Latin America, with the commentary completely in Spanish and [...]



The Simple Way To Enjoy Your Travel

You are a finite creature. I want you to read that again just in case you missed it. You are a finite creature. Granted, some of you may have bought any number of hot books these days about becoming superhuman, but the reality of your simple, bodily needs remains… You are a hobbit, a very [...]



Lessons Learned After 100 Days of Blogging

Hello, triple digits. Nice to meet you. A little over 3 months ago, I started this blog as a way of sharing my journey abroad and my journey to fluency in multiple languages, but I have found myself drawn to write about much more. Perhaps the post I am most proud of is Your Time [...]



Short Narrative: A Swede, A Taxi Ride, And Colombian Girls

Last weekend I went out with some friends to a Colombian restaurant / bar / salsa dancing place called Cafe Libro in the middle of northern Bogotá. There were about 6 or 7 of us, including one girl and her visiting father, a Swede about 50 or 55 years old. We arrived around 8 pm [...]