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Plaza in Cartagena by jeff

The old walled city of Cartagena is a mix of the old with the new. Restoration and preservation are the backdrop for the modern traveler exploring the city. There’s a lot to see while traveling in Colombia, but Cartagena gives you a chance to rest and relax in its outdoor cafes and restaurants. I don’t […]

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Back in Time in Cartagena by jeff

If you travel to Colombia, there’s a good chance that you are planning to go to Cartagena, or at least you will want to return to see the city. On my first visit in 2008, I couldn’t believe this place. I felt transported back to the 1700s. Old architecture, hanging plants, street vendors, narrow cobblestone […]

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Cartagena Catching Obama Fever by jeff

If you’ll be in traveling to Colombia, Cartagena specifically, on April 14-15, you won’t be alone. The Organization of American States (OAS) is having its summit in the historic city. While world politics will be the talk of the town, some locals are taking it upon themselves to have fun with the event. This will […]

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The Colorful Old Town of Panama City by jeff

In general, I’m not a fan of Panama City, Panama. But, that’s not to say that there aren’t pockets of charm that you should visit. The old city is such a place. Reminiscent of Cartagena, it will take you back in time. Unlike Cartagena, the old town of Panama City feels like a ghost town. […]

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Sunset in Colombia’s Coffee Country by jeff

Most people who travel to Colombia cover Bogotá, Cartagena and maybe Medellin. But, one of the true secrets of the country is the coffee region, called the eje cafetero in Spanish, and is being branded as the Coffee Triangle in English by the tourism folks. One of the things to do is to head to […]

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Cobblestone Streets in la Candelaria by jeff

There are lots of places where you can feel like you’re transported back in time while traveling in Colombia. Frequent readers of the blog know that I love Villa de Leyva and Cartagena. But, even in the giant metropolis of Bogota, you can find that old feel in La Candelaria. Cobblestone streets, old architecture, old second-floor […]

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Q1 2012 Top 10 Posts by jeff

It’s been a great first quarter on the blog. Hard to believe that the first quarter of the year is gone. I thought I would so a quick summary of our Top 10 posts from January, February and March. I’ve got 2 takes on this. First, what are the Top 10 posts overall on the […]

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Woman Crossing Courtyard in Villa de Leyva by jeff

There are many places as you travel around Colombia that will make you feel transported back in time. Cartagena, the coffee region, San Gil, all have their old-world charm. My favorite by far is Villa de Leyva. It’s why I named it as one of my top 30 places to chill on your career break. […]

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Who’s Out There Now? Lainie and Miro by jeff

In this week’s ¨Who’s Out There Now¨ feature, we bring to you Lainie and Miro, the mother-son traveling team behind As Lainie describes it on the website, the trifecta of inspiration to see the world, the 2008 economic downturn and a desire to restore balance to her and her son’s life put them on […]

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Who’s Out There Now? Jack and Jill by jeff

In this week’s ¨Who’s Out There Now¨ feature, we bring to you Jack and Jill, who runs the creatively named site, They’ve been on the road a couple of months now and have settled into their travel routine. They’ve been hiking, biking, rappelling and managed to down a few ants, a local delicacy in […]

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