Minca – A Gem in the Jungle

Mountain View

After a long day of traveling to Minca, Colombia, I tear myself away from the spectacular view from the terrace of my hotel while I’m shown to my basic twin bed room (though there’s one bed, no twin). It’s simple but has all I need – a bathroom, ceiling fan, and nightstand. No air conditioning […]

Moving to Minca

Minca View

It’s my last day in Cartagena, a city I’ve come to love. The people are friendly, the food is good, and just walking around the streets is entertaining. The only problem is the damn tourists. Wait, perhaps I’m one of them. Well then, it’s most of the other damn tourists. With the exception of a […]

Another Side of Colombia

Remember how I volunteer on each trip and tell you all about it here about the organization on www.Rebel-With-A-Cause.org? Today’s that day. Well, it’s at least half that day. I’ll tell you about the volunteering today and, as soon as I get a chance, I’ll tell you about the great organization I did it with […]

The Bizarre Bazurto

Getsemani

I’m excited about today’s plan of a more local experience as I’ve found Cartagena’s concentration on tourists overwhelming. Each time I ask a local what I should do and where I should go in Colombia, everyone lists the same activities and offers to book them for me. It’s nice and helpful yet clear that they’re […]

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition

Church

Are you awake yet? Yeh, me neither. I didn’t sleep well for an unexpected reason. I was freezing. Luis got the air conditioning working in my room so well that, save for turning it off, I couldn’t figure out how to make it warmer. And when I turned it off, within five minutes I was […]

Back in the Saddle

Colombia Street Scene

Here we go! Back on the road again. It’s 11:00am I’m sitting here at the Fort Lauderdale airport feeling as if it might as well be 6:30am. My body seems to be conditioned, after so many early flights in my lifetime, to feel exhausted the moment I hop into an airport shuttle or car to […]

In Search of the Perfect Cup of Joe

Sanctuary

The voting is now closed and we actually have a winner. We knew I’d be heading south but the question was; where? Well, we now know. It was our closest vote yet but, after a tie-breaking extra day of voting, Colombia has narrowly beat out Belize. I’m sure I would have enjoyed the supposedly beautiful […]

Going South – VOTE

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! Please click here to find out where you decided to drop me. Are you questioning your vote in the last election? Do you feel as if the country is heading south? While I can’t change anything there, I can offer you another opportunity to vote. Not for President, but for a […]

Speaking English

Window View

After an-hour-and-twenty-minutes riding the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from the San Francisco airport to the Oakland airport, I arrive and make my way to security (actually, to the bar; security is just a small obstacle to get there) a pod-like structure catches my eye. I open the door to peek inside and find that […]

It's the Journey

Airplane

Guilt. I admit it; I have guilt. I’ve not written in a while. Most of it was for good reasons – working on the Drop Me Anywhere book, attending writers’ conferences, pitching agents, leading tours through U.S. national parks, leading more tours to Cuba, pitching articles to magazine editors, getting my taxes done (it’s about […]