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Five Beautiful Colonial Towns in Colombia

Five Beautiful Colonial Towns in Colombia Colombia is no longer a well-kept secret travel destination in South America. With huge improvement on safety and the country’s tourism board spending millions of dollars in promotion, Colombia is emerging from its haunting past to be in the bucket list of many wanderlusters. There are many reasons why …

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The tales of two colonial towns in Colombia: Cartagena vs Mompóx

A walk back in time Founded in 1533 by Spanish commander Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena de Indias was named after Cartagena, Spain, where most of his sailors were from. The town experienced an exponential growth due to its strategic location on the Caribbean coast and its wealth of the region, especially gold mining. It soon …

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Goodbye Peru: After Four Years Living in Peru

  In January, 2010, Charlie and I moved to Lima, Peru with two suitcases and our dog, Brandy. I left my family, friends and career for an undetermined amount of time having no idea what it would be like to live abroad. My goal was to quickly learn Spanish and take advantage of every opportunity …

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Kolkata (Calcutta) by Morning [Images]

You can learn a lot about a city in its early hours. That’s when my overnight train pulled into Howrah Station. At 5:45am I witnessed Kolkata (Calcutta) waking up. Howrah Station is heroic. It’s not glamorous, but its worn iron structure is still impressive and is, on a whole, tidy in comparison with other stations …

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Pregnant in Peru

The majority of ex-patriots I know travel to their respective first-world countries 6-8 weeks before their due dates to give birth surrounded by family and friends.  This wasn’t an option for us.  We only have Peruvian health insurance and the cost of giving birth in a hospital in the U.S. without coverage is probably higher …

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Teaching English in Baños Del Inca, Peru at Mundo Maravilloso

  One day last June, I went for a jog with my new friend Shannon.  She had moved to Cajamarca as part of a Fulbright grant to teach English at the university.  While she loved her life in Peru, she missed working with school-aged children and was looking for opportunities to volunteer with an under-served …

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