Fun Jardin Quirks #3

Because two is never enough. HalloweenAmerican 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 kids … Continue reading Fun Jardin Quirks #3

Fun Jardin Quirks #2

Because one is never enough. The Jardin Horse GaitHere's a video of a horse performing, what I'm calling, The Jardin Horse Gait (described in the first Fun Jardin Quirks). ParadesThis town has a disproportionate number of parades. I feel like most towns average one or two per year. Three seems extreme. Jardin averages one or … Continue reading Fun Jardin Quirks #2

Fun Jardin Quirks

Jardin has some fun quirks. Thought I'd quickly share a few. Just Leanin' AroundThe 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. Most … Continue reading Fun Jardin Quirks

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

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. … Continue reading Some Cock-of-the-Rocks

Medellin, Colombia

They have some great, um, pastries here. The RoadWe'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 on … Continue reading Medellin, Colombia

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 pit … Continue reading Cartagena, Columbia