Brazil Can’t Wait

Here’s a big secret: I’ve been dreaming about going to Brazil off and on for the past 3 years. I can’t wait any longer. I’m going to Brazil. Why now? Going to Brazil has been one of my main desires ever since I had the idea to start traveling. Everything about it intrigues me– the […]



Review Of SpanishPod101.com: Very Useful Once Beyond Beginner’s Level

I’ve written on a few language learning resources I’ve found helpful in the process of learning Spanish, including Pimsleur and Livemocha. In addition, I haven’t written about the piles of resources I’ve found unhelpful, but rather why certain methodologies in general don’t seem to work for me. Today, I want to share why SpanishPod101.com is […]



Goodbye Asunción

So… I’ve left Asunción Paraguay. I lasted 7 days. Here’s some of why: hot, mosquitoes, lack of easy / intuitive apartment finding, lack of inspiration… heat, mosquitoes… We just didn’t gel well, Asunción and me. It’s probably my fault. I mean, I’m pretty picky. I already have a city I love which I compare everything […]



Asunción: First Impressions

The city of Asunción is rather interesting. First, it’s not that well known in the travel-blog sphere of things, but Asunción the largest city in Paraguay… as far as I can tell, the only one with the attractions of big city life, i.e. restaurants, clubs & bars, activities, options for living. But apparently, Asunción has […]



Hello Asúncion, Paraguay

It should be obvious by now if you read this blog (subscribe to the RSS here) that one big thing I am interested in these days is finding places to live. I tend to travel slowly, and in fact, do not like the actual experience of travel days– the flights, the buses, the luggage, the […]



Accelerating The Search For Liveable Cities

A few weeks ago, the question that really came to me was… how long does it take to know if a city is liveable for you? In other words, how long do you need to spend in a city before you can make a decision regarding whether you would stay in the city for a […]



Fluency vs. Proficiency (And Why It Matters)

If you read this blog, you probably know I have been learning Spanish. It has been my first attempt to learn a foreign language in a functional, life-enhancing way, which would enable me to play, live, and do business comfortably in Latin America (among other things). I’ve discovered some things that work, and some things […]



Dear Medellin…

We first met awhile ago, and you’ve stayed on my mind ever since. We’ve walked together, talked together, laughed together. We’ve gone out. We’ve shared intimate moments. The other night I was with you, and I looked into your eyes and told myself how much I wanted you. The truth that is I am tired […]



How Long Does It Take To Decide If You Would Live In A Place?

Along the lines of what I’ve written recently, I want to think about an open question: How long does it take for you to decide whether you could see yourself living in a city? I see this as a central question for myself through 2012 and beyond. As I’ve said before, I am looking for […]



The Clasico Game: Independiente Medellin vs Atlético Nacional

One of my Colombian buddies told me that I should go to the Clasico game at least once while I was in Medellin. The match pits Deportivo Independiente Medellin versus Atlético Nacional, and intra-city matchup with the two most well-known soccer team. To say it’s a fierce rivalry is an understatement. After each game, it […]