When I Grow Up

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Whenever I talk to a good friend of mine – less frequently these days, and more often on Skype – he always asks me where I see myself in five years.

He smiles, because he knows I hate that question. Continue reading

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Colombia’s Coastline: Cartagena de Indias

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My last few days in Colombia were spent in the fortress-sealed city of Cartagena de Indias, a blend of romantic colonial buildings and the daily rush of modern living. The narrow streets were a mix of people, horse-drawn carriages, bikes, and cars, with street names changing by the block. In the city square, a group of teen boys challenged each other with breakdance moves, propping their boombox against a statue of national hero Simon Bolivar. Continue reading

Colombia: Pereira

Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 4.41.27 PMThe valleys of Pereira offer a glimpse into one of Colombia’s well-known treasures: its coffee. One of the world’s top coffee producers, it roasts arabica and robusta beans before shipping them around the world. In fact, due to the demand for Colombian coffee worldwide, many locals drink second-grade coffee, and it takes visits to a few tucked-away coffee shops to discover those that brew the coveted best beans of their homeland.

Even as Colombia struggles to shake off its dangerous image, which is propelled by shoot-outs in movies such as Mr and Mrs Smith, it’s fighting to hold on to its coffee roots Continue reading