07 April 2013 ~ 8 Comments

10 Things You Should Know Before You Move To South America

Here are some things to help you prepare… 1. People on the ground are your best resource. When I first went to Colombia, the number one thing I did right was to have contact with somebody on the ground. I was admittedly a bit nervous when I first went to Bogotá. After all, I was [...]

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31 March 2013 ~ 6 Comments

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. [...]

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17 March 2013 ~ 12 Comments

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 [...]

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03 March 2013 ~ 11 Comments

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 [...]

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24 September 2012 ~ 4 Comments

How To Keep Going On A Lengthy Project

The other day I was struggling through a project I am working on. It seemed to be going nowhere, and I seemed to be plodding along at an extremely slow pace, only accomplishing very small things. Now, this is a project for me, not something someone else is requiring me to do. But it seemed [...]

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17 September 2012 ~ 6 Comments

You Don’t Need To Live In Every City

Some days I wake up very undecided in terms of my travel plans because there is so much of the world to see. I mean, I really do have a desire to see it all, but there’s just so many possibilities. ** By the way, I have a HUGE post coming down the pipe about [...]

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10 September 2012 ~ 7 Comments

Three Powerful Hacks To Learn Any Language

The more I learn about learning, the more I realize how much of a role psychological factors play in whether or not you learn something. As such, if you are trying to learn a new language, it may be a better approach to think of ways you can “hack” your psychology for bigger gains. Here [...]

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29 July 2012 ~ 6 Comments

8 Reasons To Go Abroad Before You’re Ready To

A lot of people wonder if they are ready to go abroad, ready to travel, ready to jump into the unknown of a foreign place. Let me just answer this question for you… GO. REGARDLESS. Seriously, do not sit around waiting until tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. Your life is now. You should even go abroad [...]

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17 July 2012 ~ 8 Comments

7 Questions People Ask Me About Colombia

It’s amazing that for the, oh, 10 people that read this blog, I’ve been getting a good amount of email. Below are some of the most frequent questions I get asked about Colombia: 1. I am thinking about going to Colombia or to country X, what do you think? Well, you shouldn’t come to Colombia [...]

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17 June 2012 ~ 4 Comments

The Brazil Blitz – Southern Edition (Or, My Plan To Find Liveable Cities)

The more I travel– perhaps, the more I age– the more I become clear on my priorities. Over the past year, I’ve realized I am not traveling just to travel. I am not that interested in traveling just seeing the sites of a city… I mean, after awhile, all the historic city centers tend to [...]

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