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South America » Colombia » Santander » Bucaramanga August 25th 2022

(Day 56 on the road) It’s been roughly a month since I arrived in Colombia, so now seems like a good time for a first recap. And to say it upfront, it has been a pretty good month indeed! After a two-hour flight (and a 3 ½ hour wait at the completely understaffed Colombian immigration), Medellin with its 2,5 million inhabitants was my first port of call. And despite of what image the city has as the former base of the infamous Pablo Escobar and its drug cartel, these days I found it to be an inspiring and forward-looking city. Gone are the days when Time Magazine called it “The Most Dangerous City in the World”, complete with its gang wars and the highest murder rate in the world. Nowadays, the whole city seemed to brim ... read more
Comuna 13 in Medellin
Guatape
Guatape

South America » Colombia » Santander » Bucaramanga January 12th 2016

Geo: 7.11331, -73.1205Cartagena to Minca 21 December - 8 January 2016The flight from Bogota to Cartagena was very short and much more comfortable than a long bus ride. We enjoyed a relaxing Christmas in Cartagena, founded in 1533 by a Spaniard. It soon became a rich town as it was the main Spanish port on the Caribbean where all the gold stolen from indigenuous communities in South America was stored before being transported back to Spain. Because of this it was a prime target for buccaneers and it was sacked three times in the 16 Century alone. Sir Frances Drake was persuaded not to raise it to the ground again in 1586 by being given a payment of 10 Million Pesos. After this the Spaniards set about protecting the town by surrounding it with fortified walls.Walking ... read more
Cartagena square
Christmas lights
The fruit ladies wear the national flag colours.

South America » Colombia » Santander » Bucaramanga June 23rd 2014

Our Arrival Our bus from San Gil arrived in the Bucaramanga terminal at 11:55am. The bus terminal is quite far out of the town centre so we caught a bus in. The arrivals section in the bus terminal is a road in the middle of the terminal. Go up a level and out and there will be another road with taxis on. Go right and there is a bus stop. We caught a bus with 'Centro / CR 17' on the front. It cost COP$1,850 each, go through the turnstile on the bus and pay the driver as you get on. It took about 30 mins to get to CR17 and we got out when it reached about calle 30. Press the stop button above the back door to make the driver stop. Where We Stayed ... read more
Chicamoncha Canyon
The cable cars inside the park
Chicamoncha Canyon

South America » Colombia » Santander » Bucaramanga June 19th 2014

My dear friends, this is a short letter to a twitter publication that went viral. Mis queridos amigos, aprovecho este espacio para hacer pasar esta corta misiva a propósito de una publicación en twitter que corrió como pólvora en el internet. We couldn´t help but notice a publication which again encourages the use of stereotypes. A move that I do not understand since you did it just after your country had won the match against Spain, shouldn´t you be happy and rejoiced by the triumph instead of favoring the existence of stereotypes? I mean, we did not play against you on the worldcup, so why us? No pudimos evitar notar su publicación que favorece los repetidos estereotipos que siempre hemos tenido. Algo que no entiendo es, el por qué hacerlo, si ustedes acababan de ganar el ... read more
Stereotypes are not good
Very proud of our team
falcao y james, excellent players.

South America » Colombia » Santander » Bucaramanga June 4th 2014

As I have been slacking off for a while, I thought it would be a good idea to write something for you, my dear folks. And here I find myself entertaining the thought of depicting the city I am working at the moment, Bucaramanga, the capital of the Santander Department, a capital whose economy has been compared to that of some developed countries, by a local newspaper. According to them, this is probably due to the fact that its economy is very diversified and it generates a large number of jobs; since many of its businesses come from family enterprises, the rates of poverty would be very low compared to other regions in the country. Como me he encontrado perezeando un poco, pensé que sería una buena idea escribirles algo, mis queridos amigos. Y heme aquí, ... read more
Catedral de La Sagrada Familia at night
A fashion show at Megamall
Visita de Bolívar a Bucaramanga

South America » Colombia » Santander » Bucaramanga April 21st 2014

My dear friends, I want to tell you now about the place where I have lived for some time, for almost 7 years to be more precise, while accompanying my parents in Colombia. This is Floridablanca, in Santander; my parents bought a house there while I was abroad and as I wanted to stay with them during my sabbatical, then I was quite happy to be lodging at the mama hotel, specially after my sabbatical turned into a 6-year teaching period, already and now, when some events have brought many changes into our family life. Anyway, the house was first rented by Jose, my brother and his family, which made it easy for my parents to decide to move to this city. Mis queridos amigos, quiero contarles sobre el lugar donde he vivido por algo de ... read more
Ceremonia de Imposición de Tocas, segunda promoción enfermeras unab
Ecoparque El Santisimo
A very tasty oblea

South America » Colombia » Santander » Bucaramanga January 3rd 2013

January 3rd, my sister's birthday found me writing on this blog about the Chicamocha Canyon, which has been having lots of advertising on our Colombian TV stations lately, I hope you like it. The Chicamocha Canyon The Chicamocha Canyon is such an amazing place that it was nominated as a possible candidate within the group of 261 destinations to be named the 7 natural wonders of the world. The erosion was the culprit of this marvellous accident of nature that nothing has to envy the North American Colorado Canyon as ours is even deeper. Yeah, to be added to your trivial pursuit repertoire, the Chicamocha Canyon is the second largest in the world. The temperature is perfect for a day out: lovely breezes and a scorching sun; Fluctuating temperatures from 11°C to 32°C from day to ... read more
Not Colombian natives
Extreme sports and geographical faults
I almost lose Migue to a statue

South America » Colombia » Santander » Bucaramanga October 23rd 2012

Finally got out of Medellin and got on the road... and it felt good. there is nothing quite like the feeling of not really knowing where you are going, but just going there anyway. Arrived pretty late in bucaramanga and caught a taxi to the hostel. I was a little nervous about the taxi ride, as I didn't know what the city was going to be like. It turns out though, the taxi driver was super friendly, as are most people in Colombia really. Had a brilliant conversation with old mate Nelson on the 20 minute or so cab ride. For some reason it was ridiculously cheap, only $8000 COP, $4.50AUD. I think maybe he just liked the chat and gave me the Colombian price. Good bloke anyway. I stayed in Kasi Guane, British bloke and ... read more

South America » Colombia » Santander » Bucaramanga September 24th 2012

hey everyone! so i haven't had a lot of time to post our adventures thus far. in this post i'm going to jump back to only last wednesday and thursday... which were the days that we reached bucaramanga from san gil, and also visited matanza, the home town of carmen's madre, cecilia. on wednesday, we finished the trip to bucaramanga on a bus, another 2 hours or so, therefore getting in fairly early that day. we decided to stay at our first hostel here too. both adam and carmen have stayed in hostels before, but it was my first time, and it was a suprisingly fun experience! it's called kasa guane and we shared a dorm-style room that had six bunk beds. no other roommates on the first night, so we had the room to ourselves, ... read more
beers in matanza
matanza town square
matanza

South America » Colombia » Santander » Bucaramanga February 11th 2011

After a year of work, I was finally granted some paid leave, so I decided a little holiday was in order. Accompanied by Maureen and my former office drone Ellie, I paid a visit to the eastern province of Colombia, Santander, next to the Venezuelan border. No, nothing to do with the Spanish bank. Probably named so by unimaginative Conquistadores with pointy little beards. So, Santander. It's dramatic. Craggy. Jaggedy. Hot. There are majestic canyons, fast-flowing rapids, and gorgeous little picture-postcard colonial villages. The Santanderians are a friendly bunch, too, despite their prelediction for their local 'delicacy', fried ants. Apparently they taste of coffee and ground dirt. I'd sooner just eat that. Ellie was a little braver though (see picture). Our week-long trip took in the hubbub of Bucaramanga, the department capital and nothing too different ... read more
Barichara
Parque Gallineral
Medellin




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