I always thought I’d be dead by thirty-five. I don’t know where this fixation came from, what triggered it, or why I believed it, but the imagined certainty that I wouldn’t live to see forty defined my 20s and early 30s in a very real way. My friends in university would tell me to stop… Continue reading Thirty-Five
Being born in Colombia —a violent and lovely land of duality, of rancid poetry, marvellous heartbreak, impossible beauty, and sequestered abundance— is a curse. On the one hand, it’s a magical, fertile, lush kingdom filled with wonders and beauty. From the Amazon Rainforest to the Caribbean Sea, from the Andes mountains to the Pacific Ocean,… Continue reading The Colombian Curse: A Love Letter to my Country
In late 2015, I embarked on a nomadic journey through Brazil that forever changed my life. I wasn’t sure where exactly I would go or for how long— all I knew was I would start in the Amazon, head south to Uruguay, and stop at Iguazu Falls. After eighteen months on the road, I managed… Continue reading Leaving Colombia. Again.
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the tallest seaside mountain range in the world, hugs Colombia’s Caribbean coast, bringing the ocean, the jungle, and mountain-top glaciers together in dramatic landscapes stitched together by crystal-clear rivers. I’ve been very lucky to spend a lot of time in 7 Piedras, which is located at over 1,000 masl perched… Continue reading The Heart of the World: Minca Jungle
The diversity in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta creates some of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen, the vantage point from the ridge of the mountain offering a unique view of the sun setting behind the Caribbean Sea.
San Andrés, Providencia & Santa Catalina is a small tropical archipelago located in the Caribbean Sea over 700 km north of Colombia's mainland.
Located near the city of Santa Marta in Colombia's northern Caribbean coast, Bahía Concha, which literally means Seashell Bay, is part of the Tayrona National Natural Park.
As I sit here, looking out of my second-story window in Santa Marta, Colombia, I think about how it's already March and it's a bit late to be recapping the last year of My Nomadic Life in Brazil. But if you've followed my blog longer than a month, you know this is normal behaviour and… Continue reading Best of 2016 Travels / Lo Mejor de Viajes en 2016
Carnaval in Barranquilla is over-saturated in the most beautiful way, as it's made up of hot sunshine, a cloudless blue dome above, loud costumes, pounding music, and a fascinating array of characters stemming from folkloric stories, traditional dances, popular culture, and the complex history of the region. I was only there for one day this… Continue reading Carnaval de Barranquilla 2017