Last Tango in Colombia

Last Tango in Colombia

We didn’t actually dance. Thought about it, though. Salento Our first stop after our two and half month stint in Jardin. Salento is the rich man’s Jardin, in that it will cost you more for less of an experience. It’s discovered. Gringos roam the streets like the bulls of Pamplona. It’s touristy. Hawkers hound you …

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Fun Jardin Quirks #3

Fun Jardin Quirks #3

Because two is never enough. Halloween American arrogance. Misguided exceptionalism. I figured that no country, at least no country without a mammoth commercial-holiday-industrial complex where candy corns and costumes and bric-a-braces are hawked for weeks often months before the holiday, could outperform the Untied States. But I figured wrong. Colombia puts on a show. The …

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Fun Jardin Quirks #2

Fun Jardin Quirks #2

Because one is never enough. The Jardin Horse Gait Here’s a video of a horse performing, what I’m calling, The Jardin Horse Gait (described in the first Fun Jardin Quirks). Parades This town has a disproportionate number of parades. I feel like most towns average one or two per year. Three seems extreme. Jardin averages …

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Fun Jardin Quirks

Fun Jardin Quirks

Jardin has some fun quirks. Thought I’d quickly share a few. Just Leanin’ Around The town, like many colonial-style towns, is built around the main square. The Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion (Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) new-gothic cathedral casts a shadow over the square, likely judging all those vendors hawking knockoff Western sneakers. …

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Instagram Feeds

Instagram Feeds

We’ve been seeing so many incredible birds (Colombia has more bird species than any other country) and vintage cars (Colombia also seemingly has more vintage SUVs than any country) that I decided to (or succumbed to) start a couple Instagram feeds. Feel free to follow, if you’re so inclined. Birds: Balakay @balakaysbirds Cars: Vanablog @workingvintages

Some Cock-of-the-Rocks

Some Cock-of-the-Rocks

Caught a few of these Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks just outside Jardin, Colombia. Beautiful, crazy birds. The males, as you can see, have disk-like mohawks and brilliant blood-orange plumage. They head-bang and squeal (kinda sound like pigs; see video below) when courting females. We didn’t actually see any females, however. At least we don’t think we did. …

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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

They have some great, um, pastries here. The Road We’ve hit some bad roads. Namely this one. The road from Cartagena to Medellin is near the top. Countless potholes. Ceaseless construction. Cluttered with semis. All while climbing nearly nearly five thousand feet up a windy, single-lane carretera sin shoulders. My life flashed before my windshield …

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Cartagena, Columbia

Cartagena, Columbia

Colonial meets Caribbean. Bureau-crazy! Fortunately, I had the pleasure of sharing this pain with our new best buds and fellow overlanders, Wendo, Chris, and Tyler. For two full days (8am to 5pm), in long pants and closed-toed shoes — not allowed inside government offices without them — we trekked across Cartagena through swampy heat, sweating …

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Porchi Cabano Meat Stick

Porchi Cabano Meat Stick

I’ve been on a meat stick drought lately. Not for lack of desire. But for lack of access. They just didn’t occupy the prominent locale next to registers in Central America. Hopefully — hopefully! — South America is different…. My Lovely Wife Andrea picked up two packets of the Porchi Cabano meat sticks for me …

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Islas de San Blas, Panama

Islas de San Blas, Panama

Find your beach…. Sailing to Panama I’m fascinated by sailing. Partly because I have a healthy fear of the ocean. And it’s healthy to confront your fears…right….right?! Part of that’s because it feels primordial. Sailboats were constructed as early as 4000 BC. And part of that’s because of the romance. Finding that hidden white-sand beach. …

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