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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The First Llama I’ve Seen In The Wild – Popayan, Colombia

February 13, 2012

The First Llama I've Seen In The Wild

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Happiness Plunge Inc.’s Q2 “Report To Shareholders” – More Great Outcomes On No Income

February 13, 2012

Growth Chart

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been six months since I hit the road and three months since my last “quarterly report.” My life the past six months has been organized and cataloged in my mind by location instead of date. I can’t believe three months ago I was just entering Nicaragua. It seems so […]

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What Do Navy Seals And IE Business School Graduates Have In Common?

February 11, 2012

The Shorts, Ana Maria, and I

We never leave a fallen man pair of shorts behind! I left these shorts, a gift from the friend whose wedding I missed, at my friend Ana Maria’s apartment in Medellin. I know Ana Maria from business school as well, coincidentally. So I went out of my way to get them back, traveling an extra […]

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Photo Friday – Cocora Valley And World’s Tallest Palm Trees – Salento, Colombia

February 10, 2012

Cocora Valley - Taken Feb 8, 2012 - Salento, Colombia

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La Piedra (The Rock), Great Hike And Great View – Guatape, Colombia

February 9, 2012

Me At The Top

As I mentioned before, Guatape is a beautiful town two hours from Medellin. The town’s main attraction is the gigantic rock that is visible pretty much anywhere you are in the city. I actually made two trips to the rock while here. The hike from where I stayed was 3 hours along a dirt road. […]

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Guatape, Colombia – A Colorful And Artistic Town

February 8, 2012


Guatape is famous for two things – its beautiful zocalos (3-dimensional drawings at the base of its buildings) and a gigantic rock. One of these on its own would have been enough to bring me here. Both made it a must see! Outside of town is a dam that provides 30% of Colombia’s electricity. The […]

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What Is Almost As Awesome As A Friday Night Date With An Exotic Colombian?

February 7, 2012

Fruit Buffet

A date with exotic Colombian fruit! Yes, it’s Friday, January 20th and I’m in for the night. On the way back to where I’m staying, I decided I should stop at the grocery store and try some of the exotic fruit they have here. Let me tell you, it was crazy! Below you can see […]

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Medellin, Colombia – A City Very Easy To Fall In Love With

February 6, 2012

Me With Medellin From Pueblito Paisa

I had a feeling Medellin (or may-dah-jean as the locals call it) would be special before coming, and it lived up to its hype. It’s just a very pleasant, beautiful city. The weather is perfect all year and it really is “The City of Eternal Spring.” That said, it’s not the safest place in the […]

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