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How to Prepare Yerba Maté: Step by Step Guide

Whether you are in a park, on a subway, shopping in an outdoor feria, or in an Argentine’s home, you will soon begin to notice that the maté cup and bombilla (metal straw) are ever-present.  Yerba maté, a drink made from dried leaves steeped in hot water, carries rules and ediquete regarding it’s preparation and [...]

Rambling Peru

Since Nick and I have both visited Peru in the past, we decided to primarily drive down the Pan-American Highway, which is mainly vast stretches of desert and coastal lines.  Therefore, we skipped Cusco, Machu Picchu, the small towns on Lake Titicaca, and tours of the Amazon jungle, all of which are amazing sights to [...]

Off-Road Cuisine: Cuy

Here’s our best Off-Road Cuisine yet – watch us cook cuy (guinea pig) in Ecuador!

Oaxaca Documentary Film Workshop Opportunity

If you are interested in an opportunity to not only explore Oaxacan culture, but to introduce yourself to the art of documentary film making, I recommend signing up for the Oaxaca Documentary Film Workshop hosted by Norma Hawthorne.  Oaxaca, Mexico is a state filled with traditional culture told through the work of talented artisans and [...]

Independence Week in Cartagena, Colombia: The Video

You have read about Independence Week in Cartagena, Colombia, now watch the video!

Independence Week in Cartagena, Colombia

Walking down the street, our group stays alert for what may be ahead or behind us.  We keep an eye on a group of shirtless boys, who are completely covered from head to toe in motor oil, which brightens the whites of their eyes even more as they threaten to smear black gunk on our [...]

Improve Your Spanish :: Cartagena, Colombia

By Nick H-J
When you ship to Cartagena, you may decided to stick around for a while, and I recommend you do.  We ended up staying nearly five weeks.  Arriving in South America was sort of a milestone for me and I realized that if I was going to become proficient (or better, fluent), in [...]

A Gift for Mama Nira :: Cartagena, Colombia

Everyday at 2:00 p.m., Nira assembles her juice stand in la Plaza de la Trinidad, located less than a block from our hostel, Casa Valda.  “La Misericordia de Dios” (The Mercy of God), is painted in faded reds and blues across her four-wheeled wooden cart, and the counter is neatly assembled with oranges, passionfruit, [...]

A Mugging in Cartagena

We unfortunately received a call tonight that Greg and Kerri, our friends who sailed us to Colombia (and who are also our current hostel roommates), were mugged tonight at a portion of la muralla, the wall that lines portions of Cartagena.  While sitting in one of the inset windows, two men approached them and demanded [...]

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Despite Cartagena de Indias’ large size, this vibrant and historic city offers countless intimate moments to it’s visitors.  Discovered by the Spanish in 1501, the city was founded in 1533, and, like many cities in Latin America, retains the fingerprint of Spanish colonial architecture and cultural influence.  Centuries-old buildings with terra cota [...]