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December 2011

Photo Friday – Happy Holidays – Caracas, Venezuela

December 30, 2011

Happy Holidays - Taken Dec 29, 2011 - Caracas, Venezuela

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Taganga, Colombia – Diving and Backpackers’ Paradise – One Street Wonder

December 29, 2011

Rainbow in Taganga

I left Cartagena to head to Taganga, Colombia. It’s a small town just north of Santa Marta that was supposed to be extremely beautiful. Well, it’s beautiful but it wasn’t what I expected. I arranged to rent a hammock via couchsurfing for less than $2/night. But I had a really hard time finding the place, partly because […]

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Cartagena, Colombia – The Gateway To South America – Commerce, Tourism, And History

December 27, 2011

Old City - Plaza Aduana

I arrived in Cartagena after the five-day boat ride from Panama. What a welcome sight the city was after the boat fatigue I had.. and what a welcome feeling to finally arrive in South America! I got off the boat and headed to where I was staying to drop off my bag and explore the […]

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My Christmas Present To You

December 25, 2011

Happiness Plunge E-Book

As much as I despise how commercial Christmas has become, the underlying concept of giving is something really wonderful. But as I wish you a Merry Christmas, I am already looking ahead a week – New Year’s Day. I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution, but many people do. Instead of choosing a typical resolution, […]

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Que Caro Es Ser Pobre/How Expensive It Is To Be Poor – Water

December 24, 2011

5 Gallon Bottle Of Water

When I was volunteering at Maya Pedal in Guatemala there was a sign on the wall that said “Que Caro Es Ser Pobre”. It means “How expensive it is to be poor.” As I travel through many of the world’s “poor” countries, I am writing a series of articles about how expensive it is to be poor. […]

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Photo Friday – Colorful Sunset In Paradise – Taganga, Colombia

December 23, 2011

Sunset In Paradise - Taken Dec 18, 2011 - Taganga, Colombia

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Sailing From Panama To Colombia – Not The Caribbean Paradise You’d Expect

December 21, 2011


It’s rainy season here. I”ve said it in so many articles so far. Until now it’s just been an annoyance, but on my sailing trip through the Caribbean, it really put a damper on things – literally. The Caribbean is supposed to look like this, right? Well, for almost all of my trip it looked […]

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Panama City, Panama – The City A Canal Built

December 19, 2011

Me At The Panama Canal

Overnight Adventure To Panama City To get to Panama City, I left Chichica at 3:30pm for Tole. In Tole, I took the last bus to Santiago. Then I hung out in Santiago from 7pm until 1am. I decided to travel overnight to save myself from having to find a place to stay. The Santiago bus […]

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The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

December 17, 2011

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread - Round Bread As Big As My Head Filled With Guava Paste!

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Volunteering With A Budding Indigenous Tourism Group In Chichica, Panama

December 17, 2011

Happy Little Girl

To be honest, saying I volunteered here is a bit of a stretch. I was supposed to be here for a week, but in the end I was only here for 24 hours. Since I moved my trip from Panama to Colombia up a week, I lost the week I would have liked to spend […]

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Photo Friday – Flower With A View – Chichica, Panama

December 16, 2011

Flower With A View - Taken 9-Dec-2011 - Portobelo, Panama

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How I Improved My Trip And Avoided Being Alone On Christmas In Less Than An Hour By Embracing Change

December 15, 2011

Happy Nomad Tour Route With Venezuela Highlighted

On Thursday, December 1st I sat down to try and do some Happy Nomad Tour “administrative” things. I used to stay a month ahead in terms of planning, but I’ve long given that up and take comfort in knowing where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing 24-hours in the future. My brother, who planned […]

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Worst Border Crossing Yet – The Not-So-Welcome To Panama Experience

December 14, 2011

Welcome To Panama

Crossing the Costa Rica-Panama border was, by far, the worst border crossing experience I’ve had so far on The Happy Nomad Tour (well, in my life actually, but I think I’ve had good luck!). Leaving Cartago The day started with me getting up at 4am to leave Casa del Indio. I took a taxi in Cartago, […]

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Cartago, Costa Rica – Churches, Ruins, And Freezing

December 12, 2011


Cartago is the capital of the Costa Rican state by the same name. It’s known as the most religious place in Costa Rica and its Basilica de Los Angeles is effectively the national cathedral. Cartago is 22km/15mi from San Jose, so it’s quite easy to hop on a bus and make Cartago a day trip. […]

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Volunteering At Hogar de Pan Orphanage In Cartago, Costa Rica

December 10, 2011

Me And Maria

From the outside, Hogar de Pan looks like a normal house. There is no sign and nothing remarkable about it. But inside, it is a remarkable story. The orphanage was started by inspirational couple Victor and Melba. Their son was extremely sick 30 years ago and the doctor told them that he wouldn’t make it. […]

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Photo Friday – Universal Language, An Unforgettable Smile – Chichica, Panama

December 9, 2011

Happiness Is Contageous

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Casa del Indio – An Inspirational House Full Of Stories, Character, and Love

December 7, 2011

Sign On House

It’s hard to explain what exactly Casa del Indio is. It was difficult for Chema (the friend I made in San Jose who introduced me to Casa del Indio) to explain it to me, and it’s hard for me now to explain what it is. For me, it’ll always be the savior of Thanksgiving 2011, […]

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