July 31, 2014

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AWESOME!!! Las Lajas Sanctuary Colombia

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Have you ever had that feeling, that feeling you get when you arrive at a destination you have been dreaming about for months or years and the place ends up being not as incredible as what you imagined. The disappointment you felt as a result because of the time and money you spent to get […]

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July 24, 2014

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Hostel Caracol: Just What We Needed

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We have been traveling for 3 months staying in AirBnB apartment rentals almost exclusively. 3 months, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is a lot of time spent together as a family. We were all craving some social interaction with people we weren’t related to. When we were looking for accommodation in Popayan […]

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July 16, 2014

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Colon Cleanser On The Bus From Cali To Popayan

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Getting from Cali to Popayan was the first time we arranged over land travel in Colombia without the help of a Spanish speaking friend. We are a bit pathetic, being in South America for almost 3 months our Spanish is about the same as when we left Canada. On the up side our understanding of […]

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July 8, 2014

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A Trip To Tayrona Park Despite Our Reservations

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Tayrona Park is one of Colombia’s most visited National Parks and it ranks #6 of the best things to see in Colombia according to Lonely Planet. This kind of popularity made us not want to visit the park. In fact if a place is labeled a must see tourist spot that usually makes us want […]

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June 24, 2014

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“Where You Stay” Can Help You Save On Travel

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One thing we’ve learned so far is the location of where you stay can really help you save on travel. Staying somewhere close enough to walk to “needs” and “wants” is money in the bank. These are areas that have the best access to what I call, the location trifecta: close to local shopping, local […]

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June 20, 2014

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How To Enjoy Local Food Traveling With a Gluten Allergy

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One of our biggest concerns before we set out to travel was our health. Both Rob and I had pre-existing conditions that we needed to manage while we were on the road. Rob has a knee injury stemming from a sports injury, we think anyway. He takes over the counter medication to manage any flare […]

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June 18, 2014

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Pickpocket Attempt Denied

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Well since arriving in Cali we have been a lot more focused on safety while traveling. This is due to further research we did online about Cali that determined it can be a dangerous place. Coupled with the myriad of travel safety posts that started to come to the forefront on blogs I read we […]

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June 16, 2014

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Everything We Imagined Colombia To Be

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We have really enjoyed our time here in Cali so far. The best day is one we enjoyed care of our gracious AirBnB hosts. The experience we had with them encompasses everything we imagined Colombia would be. Generous people, staggering diversity in nature unspoiled by tourism and so much delicious food. The food in Colombia […]

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June 13, 2014

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First Impressions On Safety In Cali

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Half way through our time in Barranquilla we began the search for our next destination in Colombia. We focused mainly on cost of living in the next city and cost to get there from Barranquilla. Cali came up on or radar. Cali, all told fit our budget for cost of living and was cheaper to […]

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June 11, 2014

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The Worst Feeling Because of a Language Barrier

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A Language Barrier for me can bring feelings of vulnerability, uhh… and insecurity. Also ineptness and sometimes, worst of all, sadness. These are all the feelings I get when I am traveling in a place and don’t speak the language. Now that I think about it, the feelings I get are all rooted in deep frustration. […]

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