Wrap Up: La Paz

Contrary to most I’ve met on the road, I loved La Paz and ended up spending quite a bit of time there. It was gritty, beautiful, freezing cold, always full of people, sometimes a total pain in the ass (like when the ATM ate my credit card for no reason), and definitely third world. But there was a charm and an intrigue to this harsh city. Read more

Off to the Jungle (and Savannah)

Brother Steven and Cousin Ben get bored, extremely fast. After they had a single day in the city of La Paz (with two day trip outings, golf and biking) they were ready to get out of town and suggested we head to the Amazon. I considered staying in La Paz in order to take a week or two of Spanish, but since we were going to be able to get back to La Paz by Sunday (tours typically are two nights), I figured I would join them and check out the rainforest.  Read more

Holy Galapagos Part 1: Pure Amazingnesswondermenttastic (wonder beyond words)

Note: This is a long post, and one of two, but the Galapagos were amazing and deserve it! Also, yes I am falling a bit behind at this point, I blame the lack of decent upload speeds and the past five days spent without internet in the jungle. More on that once I catch up. 

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Wrap Up: Colombian Food

Last wrap up from Colombia – the food. It was mostly fried, but quite good. Like everywhere in South America, had every fruit imaginable. We did a street food tour in Bogota that started it off right. We had some fantastic empanadas at a no-name stall, and learned about the various panes. If you are ever in Bogota, the one must do, Andres DC. Read more

Wrap Up: Colombia Graffiti 

Now that I have functioning Internet for the first time in a few weeks (thanks Hostel Loki!) it is time to catch up on a few photo albums. Today, Colombia graffiti. Rumor has it that it was legalized when Bieber visited and was escorted by police to tag a space (seems to be validated by the Internet: Link). But this isn’t normal graffiti, this is art (the other kind is still prohibited). Here are some of the things we saw in Bogota and Medellin, including rooftops painted by the local beer company in the bad areas of town. We missed the tour in Bogota, but it comes recommended, link. Guess which one is my favorite (hint, saved the best for last).  Read more