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

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

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

Las Lajas, Panama

We spent five nights here waiting to confirm our shipping arrangements from Panama to Colombia. Beach Score: 7 out of 10We were (and are) beached-out by this point. Thus I'm not convinced any beach of any brilliance could've satisfied us. Appeased us even. Nevertheless, this is a nice beach. A fútbol-playing beach. Long, wide, and … Continue reading Las Lajas, Panama

Mexico’s Caribbean

We spent the last week of March on the Caribbean side of Mexico. Mainly hiding. It was Spring Break in the US and Semana Santa (Easter week) in Mexico. Everyone was on vacation. Eh. Vree. One. But I suppose we're everyone too. TulumWe initially stopped in Tulum. Tulum is famous for having one of the … Continue reading Mexico’s Caribbean