I've been to some big metropolitan areas. Tokyo: almost 40 million. Sao Paulo: about 20 million. Buenos Aires: around 14 million. Deciding where to eat in these places, all so huge, can be tough. In Bogotá, visitors are lucky. They have the Bogotá Foodie. Loon Jin Lio, of Malaysian descent but raised in Brisbane, Australia, has traveled extensively, mainly to experience … [Read more...] about Bogotá Foodie: Food Tours in Colombia’s Capital
Before leaving Spain, I'd already had my wallet stolen by a pickpocket. Was traveling to Colombia going to be that much more of a risk than getting on a crowded metro after an FC Barcelona match? Due to a Couchsurfing stay in Bogota, I quickly began to feel at ease in a country with a violent past, and a troubled present (America's ongoing demand for cocaine doesn't … [Read more...] about Friday Flashback: Coffee and Couchsurfing in Bogota
Arepas are a staple of the Colombian diet, and their ubiquity ensures most visitors to the country will try them either from street vendors, small shops, or as part of larger restaurant meals. According to Wikipedia, "The arepa is a flat, unleavened patty made of cornmeal which can be grilled, baked, or fried. The characteristics of the arepa vary from region to region: It … [Read more...] about Colombia’s Love Affair with Arepas
Spirit Air was my first choice of airlines for the flight from New York City to Cartagena, if only for the cheap rates. When their pilots went on strike a few weeks ago, I didn't have the stomach to continue taking a "wait and see" approach. I combed Kayak for other affordable options. The rates for Colombia's national airline, Avianca, were over $500, putting them in the … [Read more...] about Colombia’s Aires Opens New Route: NYC to Bogota
I'm not going to get all sentimental on you, at least not for long. By now you know how I feel about Colombia, and Medellin in particular. Since arriving back in Virginia four weeks ago, I can't help but compare everything here to what I left behind - the climate, the geography, the people, the pace of life, the music, the nightlife, my gym. So imagine my surprise when I am … [Read more...] about Would You Accept A Free Trip To Colombia?