South America

Fear Traveling Alone? – Overcoming Language Barriers

Fear Traveling Alone? – Overcoming Language Barriers

The fear of traveling alone is so intense for some people they simply do not travel solo and some do not travel at all. I have had many conversations with people that long to travel but are afraid to travel alone so I decided I would write a new series on Solo Trips And Tips about the issues […]

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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 Cities of the World

Medellin Colombia – Favorite Cities of the World

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclaimer 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 for their friends and turning the whole place into a nightclub until 6:00 in the morning – complete […]

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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 the daytime the plaza is filled with tourists posing with and rubbing their hands over the large-scale bronze statues by the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. […]

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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 December 2012 during my second trip to Colombia. I mentioned the museum in my post The Kindness of Strangers a few days ago. The museum was my favorite in Medellin, although on a different day I may say that Museo de Antioquia was my favorite! I fall […]

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Graffiti Around the World

Graffiti Around the World

Traveling around the world I enjoy walking around exploring the neighborhoods of my temporary location – graffiti always catches my eye. In Buenos Aires I stayed in the Palermo Soho neighborhood and walked throughout the neighborhood – there was plenty of creative graffiti in the area.           Rio de Janeiro has some […]

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Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

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 but it was an […]

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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

Museo de Botero is located in La Candelaria neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia.  The museum was founded after a donation from the private collection of Fernando Botero including works by Dali, Chagall, and Picasso as well as 123 pieces of his personal artwork.  Admission is free.  An excellent way to spend an hour or two in this […]

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Swimming and Dreaming of Medellin

Swimming and Dreaming of Medellin

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. This time last year I was preparing for my […]

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