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Turquoise waters lap lazily on the shore as the warm Caribbean sun starts to lower in the sky. Sun-kissed beach vendors push carts of fresh fruit, fried red snapper and ceviche while backpackers-turned-beach bums sell handwoven bracelets (which I am admittedly a sucker for and quickly buy) to beach goers draped languidly across white plastic chairs and towels.

I check my iPhone (even out here in far flung Colombia I am …

[ Written by Nikki | 8 May 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

During the day, the colors of the sea set against the rich color palette of the surrounding buildings in Cartagena are stunning; like the imagination come to life. At night, lively music plays from every corner lending the night an energy and promise of a memorable evening ahead. Cartagena is an ongoing festival where people are whipped into a frenzy of Cumbia music, laughter and aguardiente. Swept up into the magic, you find …

[ Written by Nikki | 3 Apr 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Rio is one of my favourite places in Brazil – a city which has fascinated me since my first visit in 2010. Back then I had booked for two weeks and stayed six. The next time I came back for four months to teach English and live the enviable life of a carioca, a native inhabitant of Rio.

It is a city where beautiful, lush green mountains clash dramatically with the …

[ Written by guest | 19 Jun 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Looking over at my fiancé I could see his face reflecting the same mix of nerves and excitement bubbling within my chest as the reality of our situation began to dawn on us–we were in Colombia heading to an island with no idea of where we’d be spending that night. It wasn’t for lack of planning that we found ourselves in Colombia without a bed; rather we let the overall …

[ Written by guest | 16 Jun 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

Long ago, the Amazon Rainforest has put me under a spell from far away; the endless luscious green fields of canopy, the impenetrable brush of the jungle, colorful orchids and tropical birds, the howls of a monkey flock in the distance. In admiration I watched the nature documentaries on TV with my dad. The wild animals of Jumanji made me cringe and dream at the same time. At nights I …

[ Written by Kathi | 20 Jan 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

Once upon a time, there was the pregnant wife of a farmer. She felt like eating the tongue of an ox and made her poor husband kill the most prestigious and beloved bull of the farm. Facing the punishment of the landlord, the farmer sought help from the village’s priest. His advice was that the entire village had to organise festivities so grand that it would bring the animal back …

[ Written by Kathi | 5 Aug 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

Argentina’s wine capital offers much in the way of sensorial experiences. While enjoying its 320+ days of sun a year, stark mountain landscapes, vineyard-striped countryside and bustling downtown, try some of these suggestions for fully enjoying this wonderful land.
1) Meander
Mendoza’s wide, tree-lined streets make excellent strolling territory. It’s pedestrian walkways, cafe-lined avenues and palm-tree decorated parks and plazas are ideal for the casual ramble.

2) Visit
The countryside surrounding Mendoza city is …

[ Written by guest | 8 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

If you’ve been following this website you will know that we love beaches. During my travels I am almost analytical about how good a beach is. Is the sand nice and soft? Are the waves smooth? Is the water not too salty? Bonus points are given for hammocks and beach bars serving chilled pina coladas.
Some of our favorite beaches we’ve written about is the one in Tulum, Mexico, at the …

[ Written by Katja | 10 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

When arriving in a city you’ve never been to before, you probably like to wander around, stop to marvel at cute shops, sample a delectable ice-cream and take as many photos as possible of everything you see. In a matter of a few days you try to get the best all-round picture a tourist could get of a city but even with all the walking and the most in-depth study …

[ Written by Katja | 5 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]

A couple years ago, I was walking along the Seine in Paris, and noticed that a bridge and the stonewalls by the riverbank were covered by huge eyes in black and white. I found it fascinating, but I unfortunately forgot about it. Big mistake, since the artist behind it is one of the most inspiring street artists of our time. Yes, I’ve heard about Banksy, but believe me when I …

[ Written by guest | 14 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
South America