Colombia: Palenque
  • Colombia: Palenque

  • Palenque On the second afternoon in Cartagena our group headed to Palenque.  Palenque is a village about an hour from Cartagena. Cartagena served as the main slavery port for the Spaniards for many years. This article does a great job describing some of the history of the slave-trade in South America. The village is a very unique and special [...]
Colombia: Cartagena
  • Colombia: Cartagena

  • After Medellin, our last few days were spent in Cartagena. Cartagena was different from both -- Bogota and Medellin. The warmest city of the three with cruise ship unloading passengers after passengers, Cartagena is also the most touristy city. The city is divided in two parts: the old town, signified by the old walls, and the new town, signified by Miam[...]
Colombia: Medellin & Santa Fe
  • Colombia: Medellin & Santa Fe

  • From Bogotá our group flew directly to Medellin; or rather to Rionegro, a small town about 45 minutes away. Medellin, once dubbed "the most dangerous city in the world," was a lot of things, poor, rich, hot, messy, clean, classy, trashy, posh, hipster... It immediately  felt different from Bogotá, but not at all in a bad way. Hotel I somehow manage[...]
Colombia: Bogota
  • Colombia: Bogota

  • After Germany, my life took me on another journey, now for work and down to South America. I've been to Mexico, but this was my first time visiting South America. It was a group trip and most of our agenda was pre-determined, which worked out great, since I didn't have much time to research the country. First on the agenda was the capital, Bogotá. Hig[...]
Germany in May
  • Germany in May

  • As tradition has it, a quick clip to summarize the trip. I have no idea what the rap says, hopefully it's nothing too offensive. 😂 Munich: Berlin: Hamburg: Fl[...]
Germany in May: Flensburg and Glücksburg
  • Germany in May: Flensburg and Glücksburg

  • Finally, the real reason I came to Germany, was to see my friend say, "I do!" Or whatever the German equivalent is... Ya!  The train ride from Hamburg to Flensburg was uneventful, there were plenty of empty seats available, reservations were not needed.  My friend, Jan, picked up Olga and me from the train station to go to Glücksburg wh[...]
Germany in May: Hamburg
  • Germany in May: Hamburg

  • Let me just start out by saying that Hamburg is extremely underrated. When people think Germany, I usually hear about Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt. But the minute we stepped out from the train onto the local subway, I knew Hamburg would be special. Unlike Munich and Berlin, I immediately noticed the diversity in people, not just racial, but in the way p[...]