Alonzo Woods

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Alonzo Woods

Traveling is a passion of mine, when I was a kid my dad was in the Navy so I moved around a lot so you can say that is where my interest in travel began. Eventually, I joined the Navy myself and was fortunate to see many countries and experience different cultures that really broaden my horizons. Now I've decided to share my travel experiences with others and write this blog.

South America » Colombia » Cartagena September 9th 2019

Buenos dias Unfortunately I’m not writing this blog from the 29th floor balcony overlooking the Caribbean in Cartagena, I’m sitting at my desk in my house. This is always my least favorite blog to write, the one about the last day of a trip and coming back home. I’ve wanted to visit Colombia for years and it did not disappoint, it was everything I hoped for and more, living abroad has been something I have strived for. I will definitely be back to visit other cities in Colombia, Dominican Republic was the place that was the top of my list for future retirement home but with their little issue of Americans dying of mysterious alcohol poisoning I’ve had to rethink that decision and Colombia has become a worthy challenger. I have a while to go and ... read more
Grocery Store
View of Cartagena
Sunrise in Cartagena

South America » Colombia » Cartagena September 6th 2019

Bueno Dias, I’m back in my normal spot this morning on the balcony enjoying the view, it’s still early, the only sounds I can hear are the waves crashing against the shore and the garbage trucks out picking up trash. This year me and Mrs. Woods celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, September 5th, 2007 we were married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and ever since then we have decided to take a trip to celebrate our anniversary, a few years we didn’t take a trip but we’re 8/12 on anniversary trips and that’s a good shooting percentage in the NBA. Today is a lot different that yesterday, we took it easy on Wednesday but today we’re gonna get out and see some sights. I was up early and headed down to Juan Valdez, coffee another thing Colombia ... read more
Getsemani statues
Street Art

South America » Colombia » Cartagena September 5th 2019

Buenas Tardes, I’m in my usual location sitting on the balcony enjoying this amazing view of Bocagrande, this is what vacation is all about. Miercoles is Spanish for Wednesday or midweek, in case you hadn’t googled the title of today’s blog entry. Normally when we go on vacation I plan out everyday and make a list of sites for us to see but Mrs. Woods said we don't get anytime to relax when we go on trips so I decided to tone down my overplanning like I’m Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl and take it easy while we’re in Colombia. You know the old saying happy wife, happy life so today that’s what we did was relax and took it easy. I got up early and picked up some breakfast for us to eat, got ... read more
Cazuela Especial
Plantains and Arroz
Plaza De La Trinidad

South America » Colombia » Cartagena September 4th 2019

Buenas Tardes, So after the weekend adventure our 2nd day in Cartagena was a nice relaxing day on the beautiful Caribbean coast. We are staying in the Bocogrande area of Cartagena which our cab driver from yesterday would describe is like Miami, which honestly it does look like the strip on South Beach, high rise condos by the water, lots of people out enjoying the water and working on their tans. Colombia is a Spanish speaking country so I been practicing my Spanish for the last few months to get ready for this trip, been to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and we live in Texas so we’re pretty familiar with many Spanish phrases but I’m not fluent so I was practicing with duolingo and have google translate on my phone to help me out. The sun ... read more
Crowd at Cafe Del Mar
Colombia Flat at Cafe Del Mar
Colombian Beer

South America » Colombia » Cartagena September 3rd 2019

Hola everyone yes I know it’s been a long, long time actually way too long. Not actually how to run a travel blog but you know sometimes you have other things to do besides travel like work. I’m never going to get my travel show “Where are the Woods Wandering to?” it’s still a working title, so don’t judge me. Yes I’m in Colombia, not Columbia, South Carolina or Columbia, Missouri but Colombia in South America. One thing I do know is that Colombians hate when people spell the name of their country wrong. So I’ve been to five continents now, Africa and Antarctica are left but I can pretty confidently say that I probably will never go to Antarctica so Africa is on the travel list. I’m sitting on a balcony right now in Bocagrande ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como September 10th 2017

Boungiorno, This is our last full day in Italy, this time has flown by but we have really enjoyed spending our anniversary here but time to take advantage of our last 24 hours in this amazing place, we're headed up to Lake Como. That's where the residents of Milan go when they want to get away from the fast paced life of the city and go somewhere to unwind. Milan to Lake Como is about 84 kms which is about 50 miles or about to distance to drive from Sugar Land to the Woodlands in Houston, ok that drive in Houston might not be that far but it's close. Lake Como has been a popular getaway for Italians for hundreds of years, now many people throughout Europe and all over the world come here to unwind, ... read more
Best Pizza I've ever eaten!!!
View of Varenna from the ferry
Another shot of Varenna as we head to Bellagio

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan September 10th 2017

Ciao, As you can see after four days my Italian has improved dramatically, today I got to do some exploring on my own but before I head out to see the city I have to eat breakfast. Today we had enough of the paparazzi at the hotel restaurant so we decided to head down the street to try out one of the local ristorantes for breakfast. We just walked around the corner for breakfast, it was a beautiful morning so we sat outside, the waiter came and asked us what we wanted to drink, we had got water. In Italy they ask if you want still or sparkling water, still is just normal spring water and we got a cup of cappuccino. he got us some bread for the table, after that we ordered and we ... read more
Monumental Cemetery
Tombs in the cemetery
More tombs

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence September 8th 2017

Buonogirno, Today we're getting out of Milan and going to spend the day in Florence but first we have to fuel our bodies with some breakfast. The hotel offers breakfast so we don't have to leave the hotel to eat, one thing about breakfast at the hotel their is a family we have seen the last two days down there who are very interested in me and my wife. The first day the husband couldn't stop staring at me, every time I looked up he was looking at me, then the wife and the daughter, yesterday my wife said she didn't notice them staring, maybe they found out I wasn't famous footballer and we're disappointed, that's me trying to be optimistic about why they were staring at us. We're done with breakfast now it's time to ... read more
Statue of David
Cattedrale di Santa Maria deal Fiore
Campanile di Giotto

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan September 7th 2017

Buonogiorno Our first day in Milan was pretty quiet so today we're gonna get out and see some sights. My wonderful wife who knows that I love the beautiful game, so she agreed to visit San Siro Stadium with me, that's the home of AC Milan and Inter Milan, the two professional football clubs located here. The hotel isn't located far from Milano Centrale, the main train station in the city which is a good thing but the train station is massive and incredibly busy. You have the metro train that goes through the city as well as trains that go all over Italy, so once we figured out where to buy metro tickets and what metro line we needed to catch we were on our way. Milan is not as big as Paris so the ... read more
In the locker room
The Duomo
Wifey in from of the Duomo

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan September 7th 2017

Greetings everyone, It's me again, I told you I needed to travel more so I can get Anthony Bourdain's job, well me and the Mrs decided to go to Italy. Ok the real reason is that it's our 10th wedding anniversary and we decided to visit Italy to celebrate. This trip was clouded with doubt the last few weeks, we live in Texas and Hurricane Harvey made landfall about 30 miles north of Corpus Christi where we live, but luckily we made it through safe and without any damage to our home. Harvey wasn't done the storm went north and rained on Houston for days causing catastrophic floods throughout the city. Guess where we're flying out of to head to Italy? That's right Bush International Airport in Houston, TX so after days of monitoring the damage ... read more
Santuario San Camillo de Lellis
Milano Centrale Train Station
Milan streets at night

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