Intercontinental

The last few meals in Colombia were intentionally not Colombian, having just spent a few months in South America the idea of finishing the trip with a nod to some of the places I had experienced seemed like a great idea. The first restaurant was Peruvian inspired, the country I spent the most time in…

Comida gloriosa comida

The culinary experience in a town as heavily tourist-ed as old Cartagena can go sideways pretty quickly, with plenty of restaurants and large numbers of non-resident diners it’s not uncommon for a city like Cartagena to supply poor quality food at quite high prices. I didn’t find this to be the case, as I was…

Caribbean breezes

A fabulous Caribbean adjacent old city that sparkles in the sun, and shines under the moon, a wonderfully easy city to enjoy existing in, also my final port of call on the South American expedition. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Cartagena’s predominantly low rise old city and although I was curious about the shiny new Cartagena…

Guatape, Antioquia

I love getting out of cities to experience a slower pace of life, to see trees, fields and farms, to enjoy both the change of scenery and some fresher countryside air. The tricky part when travelling can be how long to stay away from the city and where to go, ideally the place needs to…

Flavours of life

With portions so bountiful I found myself missing meals, not being hungry for a full, or even half plate of food, I was thankful for the prevalence of street-side stalls and vendors who sold snacks. These hard working people helped keep me in bites between meals and saved me delving into the rather uninteresting convenience foods…

Carnes de Medellin

I had expected Colombian food to be hearty and rich, tasty and wholesome, a food for people who for centuries have made do with what they have while the toiled the land. Certainly the portions sizes here would leave anyone full, I for one was exceedingly happy restaurants allowed my partner and I to share…

Barrios

The walking for tips tour of downtown Medellin was one of the best I have taken, sure there wasn’t a great deal of walking, nor sights to be had within the small and rather lacklustre downtown area of Medellin but the guide was superb. Over a few hours he managed to break down a brief…

Not as planned

The pre-dawn light gleaned from the bus window woke me fully from what had been a fitful but not frightful night’s sleep on board the night bus to Medellin from Bogota. I awoke just in time to witness and enjoy the slow, steady and winding descent the bus made towards Medellin, through my bleary, sleep…

36 hours in Bogota

A part of me didn’t feel right about visiting Colombia and not spending any time in Bogota, especially considering I was landing here from Brazil. Friends and fellow travellers had alternative views on the city, some said to fly in and fly on, Bogota was not worth the effort, others said it’s nice enough but…

Cachaca and Caipirinhas

I enjoyed sitting on Ipanema beach drinking caipirinhas, but then how could I not? I had bought them for far too little money from the beach side stall behind me, and here I sit feeling the salty wind whip my hair and assault my nostrils while I watching Rio’s board-riders coaxing the gentle surf of…

Carrinhos de bolo

During the day and long into the night there are small cake laden trolleys all around Paraty, as if everyone who visits this little town needs a little sweet pick me up. It works for me, with a great number of locally baked dessert items for me to try, I was both relieved and saddened…

Prawns and Tapiocas

The not entirely wholesome mangrove tree smell and the light aroma of salt in the air around Paraty reminded me I wanted to eat seafood while I was here. As mangroves have a tendency to grow in brackish water, the occasionally odoriferous, salty and stagnant brackish water does produce a silver lining, as prawns and…