Pereira, Colombia – Recuperation, Farm, And A City

February 29, 2012

The Farm (2)

I arrived in Pereira by bus after being both robbed and sick the night before. I was still sick upon arrival, having had some salted crackers and watching them run right through me. Arriving In Pereira I stayed with Lina in Pereira and she was an amazing Couchsurfing host. She was, by far, the best […]

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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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Getting Sick In Colombia

February 27, 2012

Tent Accommodation

In my final night in Manizales, the same night I was robbed, I got pretty sick. Upon waking up at 4am, the last thing you want to think about is whether you have enough time to run to the bathroom. But that’s how things unfolded. Unfortunately, I had a few more bathroom sessions in the […]

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Manizales, Colombia – Cable Car, Coffee, And Latin America’s Ugliest Building

February 25, 2012

Old Metrocable

Even though it’s a relatively small town and I only spent a couple days in Manizales, I’ll never forget it. I got robbed for the second time there, I got sick, and I spent an amazing day on a coffee farm. This post will show some pictures of the city. Manizales, like Medellin, has a […]

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Photo Friday – Middle Of The World – The Equator, Ecuador

February 24, 2012

Middle Of The World - Taken 20-Feb-2012 - The Equator, Ecuador

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – The Basics

February 23, 2012

My Shower In Chichica, Panama

Many people have asked me how I could just leave my job and seemingly travel perpetually. How can I afford it? How do you find places to stay for free all the time? How do you find places to volunteer? All questions I’ve received by email, and now I’m sharing the secrets in a series […]

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My Pursuit Of Happiness And The Changing Definition Of What It Means To Be Happy

February 22, 2012

Happiness Is Temporary Sign

When I was in Bogota, my friends would introduce me by saying that I’m on a round the world trip in search of happiness. That’s both right and wrong at the same time, but it really made me think where I am now in terms of my “pursuit of happiness.” The image to the left […]

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I Am One Happy Gringo!

February 21, 2012

Adam Pervez - Happy Gringo - Happy Nomad

Just got confirmation I’ll spend the weekend with the Tsachila people of Ecuador. So excited!

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Getting Robbed Again.. This Time In Colombia.. This Time It Was Physical..

February 21, 2012

Me With The Police

On my final day in Manizales I walked around all day taking in the city. As the sun went down I debated whether I should head “home” or stay out a bit longer. I was in the Zona Rosa, or nightlife zone. It was a Friday night, though it was much too early for partying […]

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An Amazing Day On A Colombian Coffee Farm

February 20, 2012

Descending The Mountain

When I was in Medellin, I realized what a shame it would be if I came to Colombia and didn’t spend any time in the coffee region (zona cafetera).  So I started looking for opportunities in the three main cities: Manizales, Pereira, and Armenia. In Manizales, Juanita offered to host me and take me to […]

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My Christmas Present To Myself; What A Nightmare!

February 18, 2012

The Nightmare Package

It seemed like a good idea.. I knew an address where I’d be in the future and I could have my parents send a package to me. In reality, bad idea… As mentioned before, I did a pretty good job of packing for my trip. The only thing I feel is a bit of dead […]

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Photo Friday – Market Day Is Happy Day – Silvia, Colombia

February 17, 2012

The Happiest Guy In Silvia

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A Sad Night On The Happy Nomad Tour

February 17, 2012

Barry Murray Jan 28, 1954 - Feb 16, 2012

My awesome uncle, the inspiration for my Crazy Hair Fundraiser, has unfortunately passed away tonight. He will be missed and he was comforted in knowing that this project in his honor will do lots of good for those in need long after his passing. I set up this memorial page yesterday not realizing I’d have […]

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Bogota, Colombia – Capital, Friends, And Inspiration

February 16, 2012

Me And Justo In Bogota

Bogota was a bit of a city of surprises for me. Everyone warned me that the weather was horrible. Given its altitude, the temperature rarely gets over 20C/68F. But while I was there it was warm and sunny and it didn’t rain. Apparently the days before I arrived were full of torrential downpours. In Bogota […]

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Ready For The Cold – Just Bought Handmade Gloves And A Hat From Some Ecuadorian Artisans In Colombia

February 15, 2012

My New Hat And Gloves

While walking around Popayan today, I found a small artisan market. There was a nice Ecuadorian mother/daughter team selling various hand-made clothing items in their stall. Knowing that I’ll be visiting some cold places in the near future, I decided to patronize them. The fact that the hat features Ohio State colors was a bonus.. […]

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Yokoi Kenji – Bridging Two Cultures To Make The World A Better Place

February 15, 2012

Me And Kenji

When I was in Medellin, my friend there told me about an inspirational guy named Kenji. He spoke to her team at BanColombia and she loved the speech. He recently received an award from the Colombian Parliament for the work he is doing and I told her I would try to get in touch with him. […]

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My Happily Single February 14th, 2012

February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day with dog pillow I love you

It’s Valentine’s Day and for the 29th year in a row I’m single. But you know what? It’s great! I used to be upset, not understanding how a seemingly decent guy never had any luck with the ladies. Now I really couldn’t care less. It wasn’t until last year that I had this revelation though. […]

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