It’s been a year since candles, muggings, Crepes & Waffles and machetes in Colombia: Día de las Velitas, a Latinalicious extract…

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception! It's been a whole year since the attempted mugging in Cartagena, when I was having an otherwise amaaaaazing time in my favourite part of Colombia. To celebrate survival, here's an extract from Latinalicious on the topic. If you're liking these extracts by the way, don't forget to get your copy on Amazon.com for the incredibly random but bargainous price of just $3.63. Candles, muggings and machetes... I have fallen in love with Cartagena in a...Read More

A Bogota Bonadonnathon: remembering a legend…

Yes, that's a real llama. Well, not the one I'm sitting on. Today was pretty full of moments like this. My friend Zac here lost a friend of his in 2011, called Angelo Bonadonna, when they were both living and working in Thailand. Having heard all about him and watched a video made by his friends in his memory I feel a bit like I might have known Angelo – he was one of those guys who lights up a...Read More

A river of bliss and the wicked witches of San Cipriano…

As Juan Manuel shot around another corner with the velocity of an astronaut attempting to launch us horizontally into the side of an alien planet, the three of us grabbed what we could in the back… namely each other… and said a small prayer that we’d make it to San Cipriano alive. Me, David and Noah only wanted to go tubing, for God’s sake, but it was looking highly likely we’d end up nose-first in the back of a cattle...Read More

La Pinta Boogaloo and a meat appreciation seat…

Shopping in Cali is waaay sexier than anywhere else in the world... as demonstrated by Kelly here: It's also way more interesting, thanks to things like this brand of ice-cream here... See, people? Ice-cream can be as politically incorrect as you like in Colombia but as long as everyone's smiling, everything's OK. And trust me, in Colombia, everyone is always smiling. We certainly were after we mastered salsa and took to this club the other night:  Back to the supermarket....Read More

La Serrana, Smurf houses and a friendly sloth…

I’ve been in Colombia’s coffee country for over a week because La Serrana here in Salento is kind of a hard place to leave. Just as you think you should probably move on, someone else fun moves in who can play guitar/sing/drink coffee with you till their brain explodes and you think, aaah screw it, one more day won’t hurt. It has to be one of the nicest places I've stayed at on my whole trip. Look at this place. I...Read More

Christmas Day in Cartagena…

These guys were having a great Christmas morning on the beach down at Bocagrande earlier. Phwooooooooar!!!  Bless their cotton socks (literally). We headed down on foot from the walled city and after a very long and sweaty walk (and a calorific stop in a bakery next to an industrial fan), set up camp amongst ten million other Colombians. They also had the great idea of spending Christmas on the beach. We bought some beers from one of nine hundred people...Read More

How to spend Christmas in Colombia (or not)…

I’ve stayed in more hostels over the past six months than I can count and most of the time they’re very nice experiences. But after a while, you start to recognize the types of people who frequent these places. You know as soon as you see them. Him over there? Oh he’s a smug long-stayer who spreads his shit out all over the dorm and knows everything and everyone and has his own special shelf in the fridge. You're going...Read More

Paradise in a walled city: why I love the Alfiz Hotel Boutique!

Finding peace and quiet in Cartagena's walled city is really hard. It's really, reeeeeally hard. For the past few days I've been getting to know this incredible city and, as I always have to do, I've also had to find some quiet corners to sit and do my work. Which is how I know it's hard. Anyway, I found the Alfiz Boutique Hotel, (Calle Cochera del Gobernador, 33-28 Centro Histórico) and I'm seriously IMPRESSED. It's right in the middle of everything, so...Read More