Intro To Reggaeton: The Music That Escalates For You

I don’t know what rock I was sleeping under for the first part of my life, but I had never heard of reggaeton until I came to Colombia in 2011. The music is literally a phenomenon in much of Latin America, with countless clubs and discotecas putting it on to really get the party started. […]



Cost of Living Colombia 2013: My Life In A Colombian Household Under $1000 / mo

I’ve got some positive feedback about my cost of living breakdowns in the past, notably from Colombia a couple years back as well as Ecuador. Well, I haven’t done one in awhile, so like a good blogger I thought I’d fill ya’ll in… Backstory: Find Rent + Food In One At the end of January […]



Dancefloor Antics: Argentina, Colombia, Brazil

What you feel before a night out Argentina: “I’m gonna solve this mystery.” Colombia: “I’m gonna have a good time. I really should bring a girl with me, though.” Brazil: “I’m gonna go hunting tonight.” When the dancing begins Argentina: 230am Colombia: 1145pm Brazil: 7pm, 10pm, 2am, 7am, 11am, 3pm… depends where you’re at What’s […]



The Book Hack For Learning A New Language

I just finished reading an entire book in Spanish, and I’ve got to tell you it was a really good hack to improve my vocabulary and reading skills. It was such a good exercise I am already planning on reading another one, possibly in another language I might be picking up again in the near […]



Danger Is Part Of The Package (Welcome To South America)

One of the questions that comes across my mind often is “Is _____ dangerous?” By “_____”, I’m thinking of a number of places in South America I haven’t been to yet. Specifically, these days I am thinking about Venezuela, a country which I have been curious about for some time, and which sits just across […]



Cali… I’m Intrigued.

Having survived my latest (and hopefully last) bout with Ecuadorian bus rides, I arrived to Cali a few days before New Years. Feria de Cali, which is known as Colombia’s largest salsa party, was already underway, and I was eager to get a taste of it. I had long been curious about life in Cali, […]



Dave’s Medellin Travel Guide: Essential Info All In One Place

The secret is getting out on Medellin. I’ve been blogging about it for nearly two years, and more and more travelers are coming here every day. If you’ve ever Googled “Medellin” you’ve probably come across Medellin Living. It’s easily the #1 Medellin website for English speakers, and contains loads of great info on life in […]



Viva Colombia And To Hell With Ecuadorian Bus Rides

I really have come to dislike Latin America bus rides. It’s part of the most important thing I learned in 2012, and is based on the collected experiences I’ve had as a traveler in South America, especially in a number of experiences in Ecuador. Let me try to tell you about the experience at the […]



The Funny Thing That Happened To Me In Lima

After a passing a couple weeks in Arequipa and Cusco, I found myself in Lima the week before Christmas. I had been interested in Lima from a number of positive reports I had heard about the city. The food was supposed to be awesome, the city was supposed to have a great nightlife, and the […]



13 Tips For Handling Cusco And Machu Picchu

After some time in Arequipa, I took an overnight bus to Cusco Peru, near where the famed Machu Picchu lay in waiting. Normally, I don’t go for the tourist attractions, but Machu Picchu is a wonder of the world, and I tend to hit those up if I’m in the area… just like I hit […]