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January 2012

Walking Around Medellin With A Toilet Paper Tail

January 30, 2012

Another Toilet Paper Tail Victim

On one of my first days in Medellin, I went to the botanical garden. It was wonderfully beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Upon entering the gardens, there was a lady selling various fruit juices. They were already prepared and had huge chunks of ice inside as I’ve seen in other places – like drinking […]

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Made It To Bogota; Mini-IE Reunion!

January 29, 2012

Justo, Juan Diego, and I

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

January 28, 2012

Police In Panama

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 – Mario “Bross” Restaurant – Guatape, Colombia

January 27, 2012

Inflated Mario - Taken Jan 22, 2012 - Guatape, Colombia

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El Castillo – A Castle And Wonderful Garden In Medellin, Colombia

January 26, 2012

El Castillo

El Castillo is a castle located right in the city of Medellin. It’s on top of a hill so it overlooks the city and offers great views. Constructed in 1930 and modeled after French castles, today it is a museum and garden. Below are a bunch of pictures in no particular order (well, they are […]

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A Day On The Happy Nomad Tour – Castle, Journalist, Cafe, And Fun!

January 25, 2012

Newspaper Article

I haven’t really done a post like this yet. There was an awesome day in Leon, Mexico that I shared, but below I’ll share what Saturday, January 14th was like for me. It was a great day, which gave me the idea to do this post, but not all that atypical either. January 14th, 2012 […]

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Cucuta, Colombia – New Friends, Inspiration, And Venezuela’s Contraband Gas Station

January 24, 2012

Me And Juan In Park de Gran Colombia

Crossing The Venezuela-Colombia Border I left Merida, Venezuela at 8am on a bus destined for San Cristobal, Venezuela. Though the journey is only 180km/112mi, it took 6 hours. There was the 30 minute stop for lunch, lots of slow uphill climbs, winding through the mountains, and speed bumps in the small towns we passed through. […]

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Missing A Wedding On Day 150 Of The Happy Nomad Tour

January 23, 2012

Wedding Day With Rings

January 7th was the 150th day of The Happy Nomad Tour. I spent the day on buses, first going 6 hours from Merida, Venezuela to San Cristobal, Venezuela. Then I spent 1.5 hours going to the border town of San Antonio, crossing the border, and then 15 minutes to Cucuta, Colombia. But as excited as […]

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Being Accused Of Theft In Venezuela- Saved By The Power Of Now

January 19, 2012

The Scene Of The Imaginary Crime

On my last full day in Venezuela, I entered a grocery store to buy a 1.5 liter bottle of water. It’s common in Latin America to have to store any bags or backpacks in a locker before going into the store. From their point of view, it reduces the chance of theft. From my point […]

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Merida, Venezuela – A Perfect Introduction To The Andes

January 18, 2012

Mountain Scenes In Merida

I left Caracas on an overnight bus to Merida. The journey was supposed to last 12 hours, but it ended up taking closer to 15. Still, the bus was the nicest I’ve ridden. It was a double decker and there were only three seats – two on one side and a single on the other. […]

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Together, Let’s Help Kids With Cancer!

January 17, 2012

My Out Of Control Hair

Quick Summary Inspired by an uncle currently battling pancreatic cancer, I’m going to grow out my hair so that I can donate it to a hometown charity that makes wigs for kids who have lost their hair battling cancer. I want to raise $1000 per inch I grow. At a 12 inch/30.5cm minimum donation, that’s […]

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What Time Is It? Now, Always Now…

January 16, 2012

A watch

My impromptu trip to the beach to ring in New Year’s was wonderful, but literally right before we left to come back to Caracas something happened. I went to the bathroom and thoroughly washed my hands and arms to get the sun screen off of me. In the process I took of my watch. I […]

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La Vida Es Bella (Life Is Beautiful) – Thanks Luis!

January 14, 2012

Luis And I On New Year's Eve

As I’ve already discussed in my Christmas and New Year’s posts, I spent the holidays in Venezuela with my friend Luis. In reality, Luis and I both studied at IE Business School in Madrid but our paths hardly ever crossed. We both took a day trip with a group to El Escorial, a town just […]

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Awesome Lunch Followed By A Pinch Of My Butt

January 13, 2012

Great Lunch Followed By Butt Pinching

I just had a great $2 lunch at a hole in the wall restaurant here in Medellin. The ladies were fun and friendly and I asked for a picture with them afterwards. The short one on the right pinched my butt just before the picture was taken., My reaction probably made the photographer laugh and […]

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