Cocora Valley – Obscene Beauty, Humming Birds, And Palm Trees That Touch The Clouds

March 7, 2012

The Cocora Valley

On my second day in Salento we hiked up into the mountains and through the Cocora Valley! There was Ernesto, the hostel owner, a Colombian couple staying at the hostel, and a couple (one Spanish the other Swedish) we picked up along the way. Our guide was Jairo, a friend of Ernesto’s. To get there […]

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The Perfect Cure For Two Consecutive Nights Of Night Buses And A Canceled Adventure In The Amazon

March 6, 2012

Wonderful Breakfast - Thick Pancakes Topped With Granola And Honey

A breakfast of thick pancakes topped with granola and honey!

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Salento, Colombia – A Small Town With A Lot To Offer

March 6, 2012

The Town (18)

Salento is a small town located very close to the beautiful Cocora Valley. The Cocora Valley has wonderful views and the world’s tallest palm trees – reaching heights of 70m/230ft! Right off the bat I want to share this beautiful scene I captured on video while walking down the street in Salento. It’s not that […]

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Post Robbery Paranoia And The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

March 5, 2012

Welcome To Colombia

It has now been a few days since my mugging in Manizales. I’ve recovered from being sick and I went out exploring Pereira. I guess it’s no surprise, but the robbery has affected me more deeply than expected. My guard is up much higher, I am more suspicious of people I see and encounter, and […]

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Happy First Birthday!

March 3, 2012

A Young Happy Nomad

It’s hard to believe, but today this site turns one year old! What started off as a dream in my apartment in Denmark has became a reality. My first post, which was about pursuing your passion, still holds as true today as it did one year ago. I hope readers of this site have gotten […]

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Photo Friday – Man’s Best Friend – The Aldea Orphanage, Atacames, Ecuador

March 2, 2012

Man's Best Friend - Taken 29-Feb-2012 - The Aldea Orphanage, Atacames, Ecuador

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Crazy Hair Fundraiser Update – 1-Mar-2012

March 1, 2012

My Crazy Hair

The Crazy Hair Fundraiser is going very, very well. As of today, six weeks into the fundraiser, we’ve collected $1670! As I mentioned in the original article, it costs about $1500-$3000 to create a wig, so we’re well on our way to ensuring at least one wig is given to a child for free. Sadly, […]

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Transportation

March 1, 2012

Chicken Bus In Guatemala

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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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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