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Border Crossing: Colombia to Ecuador

Border town: Impiales
The border crossing from Colombia to Ecuador is a piece of cake in comparison to the border crossings of Central America.  The process is straight-forward, clean, and organized, and the mountains surrounding Impiales are spectacular.
When you drive to the border crossing, park in the lot [...]

Traveling in Colombia: Our Rambles

Colombia is a breathtaking country, with dramatic mountainous landscapes, colorful coastal towns, and savory food.  It encompasses a variety of ecosystems, cultural regions, and regional flavor.  While Colombia carries a bad reputation due to governmental instability and drug trade, it is a perfectly safe country to ramble if you stay aware of your surroundings 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: Part II

To read Part I of this story, click HERE.
In addition to the liquor compartment that Nick, Greg, and Lee constructed for Mama Nira, we decided that her juice stand needed a little marketing.  So I painted a sign on the side of her cart in English to attract tourists in the plaza.
I hope our [...]

Ramblers Interviewed: Belinda and Dominic

Like many ramblers we met in Cartagena who used Barwil Shipping Agencies, Belinda and Dominic, a couple driving their Volkswagen van from Canada, spent a great deal of time in Cartagena due to vehicle shipping delays.  Fortunately for us, we were able to meet Belinda and Dominic and hear about their experience on the road.  [...]

Pirate Camping :: Cartagena, Colombia

By Nick H-J
Notwithstanding all the other complications, timing of arrival in Cartagena is tricky since you will be traveling separately from your vehicle.  Assuming you can get yourself and your vehicle there at roughly the same time, there is still the process of retrieving it from the port and getting it through customs.  This basically [...]

A Custom-made Wedding Dress :: Cartagena, Colombia

Our wedding bells may not be ringing until next year, but my chance to have an affordable wedding dress designed was slowly waning.  Since our stay in Cartagena has lasted over a month now, I contacted a few tailors for information regarding custom-made wedding dresses.  Fortunately, I found Maria Luisa Valencia, the director of [...]

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, [...]