Archive | August, 2013

Meeting Marcos and the Angeles de Medellin

“This is a forgotten place,” Marcos says, as he unlocks the chain wrapped tight around a set of big blue doors. “But you’re with me. You’re probably safer up here than you are down in Medellin.” Eight years of living in the Colombian city, and Marcos knows what he’s talking about. “Up here” is Regalo […]

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The Magic and Madness of Medellin: Colombia’s “Most Dangerous City”

Do you know what it’s like to arrive at an airport and watch as someone checks your Colombian passport? To listen as they say, in a slow voice of recognition – “Your name is Pablo… and you’re from a city called Medellin… please come this way for a moment…” That’s what Pablo, our Medellin tour […]

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Hot and Homeless on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

I’m not the first person to say I love the heat. When I was younger it was great, sure: sunbathing by swimming pools in Turkey and Greece with my family, summer holidays with friends to Spain and Italy – all warm, happy, and drenched in sun. But as I’ve got older, and travelled to the […]

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A Dose of Disconnection in the Colombian Mountains

As soon as Ed whirled his way through the upstairs bar at our Santa Marta hostel, throwing out brown paper business cards every few steps and grinning disarmingly at anyone who made eye contact, I knew I was going to like him. “Yeah man, we have an awesome place up in the mountains near Minca. […]

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Saying Goodbye on the Road

One of the worst things about travelling is having to say goodbye. Whether it’s to friends and family when you first start a trip, or to the people you meet on the road who disappear from your life as quickly as they entered, it’s always sad making that inevitable farewell. And when you’re travelling by […]

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