South America

Doors of Cartagena Colombia on the Caribbean Coast

Doors of Cartagena Colombia on the Caribbean Coast

  My first solo trip to Cartagena Colombia introduced me to the magic of this colonial city along the Caribbean Sea. I stayed at a wonderful hostel called Casa de la Chicheria within the old walled city of Cartagena. Walking around the old city I noticed beautiful doors everywhere. Cartagena is a gorgeous city along […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil – Escaping Texas to the Southern Hemisphere

Rio de Janeiro Brazil – Escaping Texas to the Southern Hemisphere

  I had been apprehensive to travel to Rio and South America in general – mostly because I could only speak English and I felt it was necessary to speak the local language to get by in South America. Wanderlust and the brutal heat of summer in central Texas won out over my apprehension. I […]

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Medellin Colombia Favorite City for Solo Travelers and Digital Nomads

Medellin Colombia Favorite City for Solo Travelers and Digital Nomads

I love Medellin Colombia! It’s a wonderful location for solo female travelers. After an epic visit to Cartagena in springtime I booked a solo winter vacation back to Colombia. On Christmas day 2012 I took a morning flight from Bogota to Medellin after a sleepless night due to the hostel owner’s hosting their Navidad party. […]

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Museo de Antioquia – Contemporary Art of Medellin Colombia

Museo de Antioquia – Contemporary Art of Medellin Colombia

The Museo de Antioquia is one of the most popular art museums of Medellin Colombia. Located in Central Medellin next to the Plaza Botero and just a block from the Berrio Park Metro station on the A Line. Especially for solo travelers I would recommend only visiting this neighborhood during daytime – it’s not the […]

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Plaza Botero – Outdoor Museum of Fernando Botero’s Bronze Sculptures

Plaza Botero – Outdoor Museum of Fernando Botero’s Bronze Sculptures

Plaza Botero is located in the central neighborhood of La Candelaria in Medellin Colombia – between the Museum of Antioquia and the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture.       During daytime hours the plaza is filled with tourists posing with and rubbing their hands over the large-scale bronze statues by the famous Colombian […]

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Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez – Medellin Colombia

Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez – Medellin Colombia

I visited Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez in Medellin December 2012 during my second solo trip to Colombia. Visiting the museum on your own can feel a bit daunting. I mentioned the museum in my post The Kindness of Strangers a few days ago. Getting off the subway station at Universidad station I walked to the Aranjuez […]

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Street Art in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Street Art in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

  In need of a reprieve from the brutal Texas summers I like to escape to someplace cooler. One year I decided to search the Southern Hemisphere for an exotic getaway and found myself in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The flight was around nine hours from Dallas. Because it was […]

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Child on a Horse by Fernando Botero

Child on a Horse by Fernando Botero

Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s painting of his son Pedrito on a wooden horse. Botero painted the portrait shortly after four-year-old Pedrito was killed in an auto accident in Spain in 1974 during a family vacation. The painting Pedrito  on a Horse can be seen at the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin Colombia – one of […]

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Mona Lisa Painting by Fernando Botero

Mona Lisa Painting by Fernando Botero

Viewing Fernando Botero’s Mona Lisa You can view this Mona Lisa painting by Fernando Botero at Museo de Botero in the historic La Candelaria neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia.  The museum started life in 2000 due to a donation from the private collection of Fernando Botero. Botero Museum collection includes works by Dali, Chagall, and Picasso as […]

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Swimming Pools at Medellin Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex

Swimming Pools at Medellin Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex

I will go for a swim this afternoon for about an hour and I’ll be dreaming of Medellin.  It will be an indoor pool as I am too chicken to brave the cold and swim in Barton Springs Pool at Zilker Metropolitan Park here in Austin. Today I will swim and daydream of Medellin and […]

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Ajiaco Soup a Favorite of Bogota Colombia

Ajiaco Soup a Favorite of Bogota Colombia

Last December I tasted this delicious soup for the first time in Bogota.  I want some now! Ajiaco soup ingredients Ajiaco soup is a flavorful combination of chicken and guascas herb with vegetables including a small cob of corn, peppers, and three kinds of potatoes. The soup is topped with a healthy swirl of heavy cream. […]

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