A view, a waterfall, and a pair of stolen shoes—One night in Minca

I’ll start by saying that I didn’t vibe with either Santa Marta or Taganga. In both towns tourism seems to be booming in spite of the local community, not alongside it. Poverty abounds and yet parties rage in the bars along the waterfront. We went to Santa Marta because it is the gateway to Tayrona National Park, …

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Just call me a Colombian Bike Junkie

Let’s start this post at the end of the day. We had completed approximately 26 miles of downhill mountain biking and had another 8 miles of “cross country” riding ahead of us. We took off our heavy duty elbow and knee guards and set out for what I thought would be a rolling, easy finish. …

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An anniversary to remember—Rappelling down the Juan Curi Waterfall

As of July 5, Terra and I have officially been dating for two years. In a way, our entire trip to Colombia is an anniversary celebration. A pretty kick ass one, if I do say so myself. On the morning of July 5, we took a local bus from San Gil to the Juan Curi …

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From road to sky in 120 seconds—Paragliding in San Gil

We arrived by car to a bluff where three companies launch their paragliding businesses, and less than two minutes later Terra was airborne. We had scribbled our names and weights onto a piece of paper and Terra was immediately rushed towards a guide, strapped in to a series of harnesses, and asked if he speaks …

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A Vivid Sydney experience

“It looks like Burning Man outside my window.” – Adam Berke, CMO @ AdRoll When I arrived in Sydney last month, it was a real treat to find that I had landed smack in the middle of an annual 18-day art festival called Vivid Sydney. The CBD (Central Business District) was covered with light installations …

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Is work-related travel real travel?

Over the past eight years, I have traveled extensively for work—to the staples like NYC and Chicago—along with places well off the beaten path. There was a six-stop Pokémon video game tour where I was “iced” using the back of a toilet in Hawaii, an overnight outdoor load-in in Tigard, OR where the lights turned …

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