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Budget Report: Ecuador

Since the beginning of the trip, we’ve been attempting to track every expense to get a better picture of where our money is going and if we’re on track to make it last.  After each country, we’re planning on posting our resulting budget to give a better idea of how much it actually costs to […]

Catching Up

It’s been a while since I posted last; since the Galapagos post almost two weeks have passed.  Since then, we’ve worked our way through Ecuador and down into Peru.  Rather than post on a few weeks’ delay, I figured I’d attempt to get up-to-date with this “catch-up” post and get better about updating between cocktails on the […]

Cruising the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are lands of unparalleled uniqueness. In the 1830’s, Charles Darwin made a historic scientific visit to the Galapagos, and in 1859, he published his Theory of Evolution, largely using the flora and fauna of the Galapagos to further define and prove his ideas. Between three and five million years ago, the islands […]

Budget Report: Colombia

Since the beginning of the trip, we’ve been attempting to track every expense to get a better picture of where our money is going and if we’re on track to make it last.  After each country, we’re planning on posting our resulting budget to give a better idea of how much it actually costs to […]

Small Differences

When visiting a new country, you will of course notice many differences.  Some of these differences are large and expected, such as the fact that everyone speaks a different language or that the typical cuisine isn’t quite what you’re used to.  Other differences, however, aren’t so striking and sometimes even take a while to recognize. […]

Medellín: Colombia’s Modern City

Medellín, a city once infamous only for Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror, is now Colombia’s most modern, progressive metropolis, transforming itself from the murder capital of the world in 1991 to the world’s most innovative city in 2013.  Investments into the education, culture, and infrastructure of the city have engendered social change on a scale rarely seen, […]

Peace in Colombia

Colombia, unfortunately, has long been a country beset by violence.  The most notorious era of Colombia’s past, most recently brought into the spotlight by Netflix’s Narcos, was Pablo Escobar’s reign of drug trafficking, kidnapping, ransom, and murder.  Rising to power in the 1970’s, Escobar built a network that eventually provided over 80% of the United States’ cocaine […]

How to Fly Around the World for Free

One of the most intimidating expenses of travel to far-flung lands tends to be the overhead cost of just getting there.  A round-trip intercontinental flight can easily cost over $1,000 for an economy ticket, and sometimes even get close to $2,000 depending on the destination.  If first-class is more your style, the cost can be mind-bogglingly […]

A Weekend at Tayrona National Park

With Bridgette laid up with an unfortunate pool-related foot injury in Santa Marta, I was flying solo on our planned trip to Tayrona National Park, located 45 minutes or so outside of the city.  Still a bit leery of the public transportation options, I took the direct shuttle from our hostel for 12,000 pesos, which […]

Playa Blanca

Envision paradise.  White sand, palm trees, thatched roof huts, and hammocks.  Nothing to do but sit back with a book, sip a beer, and occasionally hop in the water when the beating sun becomes too much.  You’re picturing Playa Blanca, a beach tucked away 20 miles from Cartagena, the paradise that other paradises are based […]

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