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The Two Extremes Of Latin America – A Story Of Insecurity And Kindness From Venezuela

February 28, 2012

rocks making a scale

I wrote this article a couple days before being robbed in Manizales, Colombia. Still, nothing changes and this post is still valid. But it has taken on a new meaning for me. After visiting Venezuela, many people have asked me how it was. But it’s not like a “how was it” question. It’s like a […]

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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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An Unexpected Taste Of Home In Merida, Venezuela

January 21, 2012

First Ohio License Plate

An unexpected taste of “home” at a bar in Merida, Venezuela:

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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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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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1984 In Venezuela

January 12, 2012

Village Moving Forward Fulfilling The Mission

Last year I accomplished a long-standing goal to read George Orwell’s classic 1984. It was amazing, as expected. Unexpectedly, no matter where you live on this planet, elements of the book are already in full effect to some extent. I saw the billboard signs below on New Year’s Eve as we drove to the beach […]

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Caracas, Venezuela – A Green And Beautiful Capital

January 10, 2012

Plaza Altimira During The Day

Caracas is a hard city to write about. I spent way more time here than I expected to since I had such a good time with my friend Luis and since my volunteering opportunity in Eastern Venezuela fell through. Saftey When I first arrived, I wasn’t nervous about being in a city with a bad […]

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Celebrating The New Year In Venezuela – Impromptu Trip To The Most Beautiful Beach I’ve Ever Seen

January 9, 2012

Me At Playa Azul

I haven’t really been on top of things here in Venezuela. I’ve been having a great time with my friend Luis and things have been awesome. The volunteering opportunity I arranged in Barcelona, Venezulea didn’t work out, so just before New Year’s I found myself not knowing what to do. Staying longer felt like overstaying […]

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Photo Friday – New Year’s At The Beach – Tucacas, Venezuela

January 6, 2012

New Year's At The Beach - Taken Dec 31, 2011 - Tucacas, Venezuela

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A Green Christmas In Venezuela – The Best Christmas Away From Home I Could Have

January 5, 2012

Green Christmas

I arrived in Venezuela late at night on the 23rd just in time for Nochebuena/Holy Night/Christmas Eve. For most of Latin America, Christmas is really celebrated on the 24th at night. The day started out like none I’ve ever had. Dissatisfied that I didn’t eat anything when I arrived the night before after such a […]

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First Glimpse Of The Andes – Merida, Venezuela

January 4, 2012

First Glimpse Of The Andes

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Crossing The Colombian-Venezuelan Border – Another Nightmare But I Rode A Motorcycle

January 4, 2012

Border Motorcycle Ride

My luck with border crossings seems to be getting worse instead of better. Until the incident in Panama, all my border crossings have been quite easy and painless. Entering Colombia was easy because the boat company took care of our immigration. Well, I left Santa Marta on an 8am bus bound for Maicao. Maicao is […]

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Photo Friday – Happy Holidays – Caracas, Venezuela

December 30, 2011

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

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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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