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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Photo Friday – Summertime Fun – Medellin, Colombia

January 13, 2012

Summertime Fun - Taken Jan 11, 2012 - Medellin, Colombia

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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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A $98,000 Bus Ticket

January 9, 2012

$98,000 Bus Ticket

Colombia happens to use $ as the symbol for their currency. This 98,000 Peso ticket from Cucuta to Medellin costs $52 in U.S. Dollars. Looks cool though! Not cool is that the guy selling the tickets through the official company’s office charged me 100,000 Pesos so he could keep 2,000 Pesos (about $1) for himself.

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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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The Money Flow In An Indigenous Community And Valuing Yourself

January 7, 2012

Cash Flow Tap Spewing Dollars

Jessica, the awesome Peace Corps Volunteer I stayed with in Chichica, Panama just wrote this amazing article about where the money flows in her community. It’s an insightful and spectacular analysis I highly recommend you check out. I like visiting indigenous communities because they have a very different way of life. Though the experiences I’ve […]

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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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Tayrona National Park, Colombia – Heaven On Earth, Untouched

January 3, 2012

At Tayrona National Park

I have probably overused the world paradise lately. And it’s a shame because I inadvertently have cried wolf. Even though I wasn’t in Tayrona for much time, about 36 hours, they are 36 hours I’ll never forget. There aren’t a ton of words in this post because I want the pictures to try and tell […]

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