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Man Asleep In Toilet

Top 5 Tips To Beat Jetlag

For those of you that have traveled long and far enough to experience jetlag, you’ll understand that it really, really sucks! I’ve flown a fair amount. Not as much as some, but a fair amount nonetheless. Moving 24 hours across the other side of the world has helped this considerably, and I’ve seen my fair […]

Colombian Guerillas

Escape From Colombia

Getting into Colombia from Panama wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. For a massive country, that’s actually connected to Panama by land, you’d think it would be a piece of cake but as it turns out, you can’t travel over land across into Colombia. Well, you can, but it would be across […]

Medellin Girl Sniffing Glue

Down And Destitute In Colombia

It’s getting dark, and I head for the metro station in downtown Medellin as the rush hour begins to peak. It’s the first time I’ve been here at this time, so I had no idea on the volume of people heading home. I’m not worried, but I certainly don’t want to be hanging around as […]

Medellin woman at night

As Darkness Falls

One afternoon, I lose track of time and forget that it’s getting late. A much as I had now grown accustomed to El Centro and all it’s vibrancy, it is well published that this place had a significant dark side after darkness falls. Whilst I had ignored the odd report suggesting that you avoid the […]

Latin Driving And Road Safety

Driving (and indeed the drivers) in Latin America leaves a lot to be desired. It’s mental. There are few (no) rules for overtaking, and buses will quite happily pull out and overtake a car going which is moving at a fair speed. The use of horns is widespread, and any jam, no matter what the […]

Buying drugs over the counter

More Downtown Medellin

You can buy almost anything you want in Medellin, and there are lots of pharmacies where you can buy prescription drugs over the counter

Costa Rica Police

Latin American Police

Right off the bat, let me start by saying that Latin American coppers look scary as hell! I’m glad they are there, but I’m not 100% convinced that I would approach them to ask for directions. Costa Rican Police There are police on most street corners in San Jose – two of them standing on […]

Fruit Seller Medellijn

Downtown Medellin, Colombia

El Centro, or downtown as it is often referred, is an amazing experience and one that I shall never forget for many reasons. If you beleive anything you read about El Centro, then you probably wouldn’t dream of going there. I took me a while before I got the courage to go downtown, and that […]

Pablo Escobar Dressing Up

Pablo Escobar

Some say that there is a fine line between genius and insanity, and Pablo Escobar walked that line with some grace. I went on the Pablo Escobar tour in Medellin and saw, first hand, some of the empire that he built, and places that were destroyed as a result of the drug cartels in the […]

Latin American Bus

Latin American Buses

I think I’ve done enough travelling on buses now. 4 hours here, 5 hours there, with the odd 8 hour journey thrown in to boot. Sometimes you put your luggage in the compartment underneath the bus, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you get a tag for your bag, sometimes you don’t. Either way, you find yourself […]

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