Colombian Gold: Two Reads on Colombia

We really enjoyed our time in Colombia. The big cities are quite cosmopolitan especially Medellin, and the coast as well as the Sierra Nevadas are just beautiful. In our opinion, Colombia gets a bad rap which decades ago, was probably valid, but things have changed.  The negative perception is due to its troubled past and problems …

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The Only Book to Read in Cartagena, Colombia

Gabriel Garcia Marquez may be Latin America’s most well known writer. Hailing from Colombia he went to school and spent some time working in Cartagena. Many find his stories, such as One Hundred Years  of Solitude (perhaps his most renowned novel) difficult to read. But Love in the Time of Cholerea is not.  On a basic …

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Colombian Cuisine: Arepas, Lechona and Bandeja Paisa

We are less than a couple weeks into Colombia and have already spent some time in Bogota, Santa Marta, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Medellin. The cities, beaches, mountains and jungles have been great, but the food has been fantastico! Colombia’s treats, while heavily influenced by the Spanish, certainly have a style of its own that …

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The Path Between The Seas; A Good Read on the Creation of the Panama Canal

A friend recommended the book, The Path Between The Seas, by David McCullough, and I am thankful he did.  The book is as much about the challenges associated with building the Panama canal, first by the French and later by the US, as is it a biography of the leaders needed to complete the monumental …

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